Deplorable soil fertility characterising resource-poor agrarian communities remain a
major constraint for sustainable global food security. Re-mineralisation through appli-
cation of rock dust encourages maintainable productivity of degraded soils. This
study was planned to appraise the effect of rock dust on root-knot disease of
Citrullus lanatus caused by Meloidogyne incognita (Mi). The experiment was laid
out in Randomised Complete Block Design with three replications. Soil and root
populations of the nematode were estimated and galling damage of the crop was
diagnosed and censured at 60 days after inoculation. Additional data were collected
on vine length, number of leaves, days to 50% flowering and dry matter content.
Data collected were subjected to analysis of variance and the means were separated
using least significant difference. The treated watermelon plants were low in root-
knot disease, significantly reduced Mi nematode populations and flowered far much
earlier ( p = 0.05) than the untreated organic watermelon plants.
Keywords: Citrullus lanatus; Meloidogyne incognita; non-chemical control; organic
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