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Direct Research Journal of Agriculture and Food Science:Vol.5 (5), pp. 239-243, May 2017
ISSN 2354-4147; International Standard Journal Number (ISJN) e-ISJN: A4372-2604

Varying frequency application of alpha-naphthalene acetic acid (NAA) on the growth and yield of Setaria (Setaria sphacelata) under Surigao Del Sur condition
Article Number: DRJA276420654

Original Research Article

Kathrine May A. Caritero1, Hyde D. Nadela2, Jesryl B. Paulite3*, Rosa C. Plaza3, Luzviminda M. Panes3 and Marilou V. Pecolados3

1University of Southeastern Philippines-Tagum-Mabini Campus, Apokon, Tagum City, Philippines.

2Surigao del Sur State University-Tagbina Campus, Tagbina, Surigao del Sur, Philippines.

3Lunga-og Elementary School, Lunga-og, Davao del Norte, 8112, Philippines.

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date Received: May 1, 2017     date Accepted: May 29, 2017     date Published: May 31, 2017


African pigeon grass or setaria grass, is native to tropical and subtropical Africa. It is cultivated as pasture grass and fodder crop. It is a good source of quality feed and suitable for cut-and-carry. The application of synthetic auxin plant hormone that is used for vegetative propagation of plants from stem and leaf cuttings. This study was conducted to determine the effects of using various frequency application of NAA  in setaria production; and To evaluate the growth and yield of setaria using various frequency application of NAA. The experiment was laid-out in Complete Randomized Design (CRD) with four treatments replicated three times. The treatments were: T1- Untreated, T2- weekly application, T3- bi-weekly application and T4- Monthly. Data were analyzed using the Analysis of Variance and the differences among treatment means were computed using the Tukey’s Honest Significant Difference. The results of the study revealed that the application of Alpha-Napthaleneacetic acid insignificantly affects plant height after one month of application since tillers clumps topped produce auxin  while significant results were observed in number of leaves and number of tillers while highly significant result perceived by fresh weight which is a good characteristic of a pasture.

Key words:African pigeon grass, Alpha-Napthaleneacetic acid, Auxin, tillers