Seaweed supplement doubles ‘munggo’ power
A study showed that mungbean plants sprayed with irradiated carrageenan plant food supplement doubles the number of pods and seeds compared to those grown using the common fertilizer.
The study, which used the Labo, Pag-asa 7, and Pag-asa 19 varieties, showed that plants sprayed at the rate of 10 ml per liter of water promoted plant growth, seed germination, shoot elongation, root growth, flower production, and suppression of heavy metals, among others.
Pods also increased from 6-7 per plant to 12-15. The number of seeds per pod doubled from 6 to 12.
The fertilizer was developed by the science department, Philippine Rice Research Institute, and the National Crop Protection Center of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB-NCPC).
Field trials were conducted at the Pampanga State Agricultural University.