Effects of consortium of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi and Bacillus lehensis strain MLB2 on Ocimum sanctum grown under NaF salinity stress
The aim of the present study was to analyse the synergistic effect of both, Arbuscular Mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) and Bacillus lehensis, on the growth of Ocimum sanctum grown under 40 ppm of Sodium fluoride stress. Glomus mossae and Bacillus lehensis strain MLB2 increased plant weight by 41% and 9% respectively as compared to control. Consortium of Glomus mossae and Bacillus lehensis strain MLB2 resulted in 44% increase in Fresh herbage yield and 42% in leaf fresh weight of Ocimum sanctum. Plant growth promoting rhizobacteria when grown in association with various mycorrhizal fungi showed a remarkable increase in plant height, leaf fresh weight, and total fresh biomass. Best consortium result with Bacillus lehensis was shown by G. mossae followed by G. fasciculatum G. aggregatum and G.intraradices. Inoculation of tulsi seedlings with mycorrhizal fungi and Bacillus lehensis increased the fluoride tolerance level of the herb.