Wajeeh Ur RehmanUniversity of Agriculture, Pakistan
Title: Enhancing Lentil Production through an Integrated Approach to Nutrient Management
Lentil (Lens culinaris) is a significant legume crop of Pakistan. Its productivity and nutritional contents are not increasing to meet the needs of expanding population in South Asia. The main cause for its low productivity is occurrence of macro-nutrients in unavailable form in Pakistani soils and absence of micronutrients which are essential for growth and development of Lentil. To overcome these problems, a field experiment was conducted at Student Research Farm, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. Experiment was comprised of different micronutrient treatments i.e. Zn, Co, Mo and B along with different sources of fertilizers i.e. Diammonium phosphate (DAP) and Nitrophos (NP). Inoculation with zinc solubilizing bacteria and phosphorus solubilizing bacteria was done to check if it increased nutrient availability or not. Randomized Complete Block Design (RCBD) with three replication was used. Data regarding Agronomic traits, Physiological parameter and chemical analysis of crop parameter was observed. Data was analysed statistically by using Fisher's analysis of variance and treatment means were compared by Least Significance Difference (LSD) at 5% probability level. The results obtained from the analysis of experimental data were significant except number of plants per plot which is mainly dependent of seed germination percentage and moisture level of soil. All the growth parameters showed that inoculation with Zn solubilizing bacteria and phosphorus: solubilizing bacteria increased availability of micronutrients to crop hence crop yield was improved. Micronutrients application proved to be good for plant growth and economic yield.
Wajeeh Ur Rehman is a highly accomplished researcher and academician in the field of Agriculture Agronomy. He pursued his academic journey at the esteemed University of Agriculture Faisalabad in Pakistan, where he successfully completed his MSc. (Hons.) in Agriculture Agronomy.Currently serving as a Research Associate, Mr. Rehman plays a pivotal role in the Plant and Microbial Ecology Lab, situated within the Department of Agronomy at the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. In this esteemed position, he actively contributes to the advancement of knowledge and understanding in the field of agriculture. With a deep-rooted passion for sustainable farming practices, Mr. Rehman has cultivated major research interests in organic agriculture, vermicomposting, and plant and microbial interactions. These areas of focus reflect his unwavering commitment to developing environmentally friendly and socially responsible approaches to agriculture.