African Journal of
Plant Science

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Plant Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0824
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPS
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 773

Full Length Research Paper

Effect of growing media on seed germination and seedling growth of papaya cv. ‘Red lady’

R. L. Bhardwaj
  • R. L. Bhardwaj
  • Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Sirohi, Agriculture University Jodhpur-342304, Rajasthan, India.
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  •  Received: 23 September 2011
  •  Accepted: 10 March 2014
  •  Published: 30 April 2014


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