Effect of pest controlling neem and mata-raton leaf extracts on greenhouse gas emissions from urea-amended soil cultivated with beans: A greenhouse experiment

Joaquín Méndez-Bautista, Fabián Fernández-Luqueño, Fernando López-Valdez, Reyna Mendoza-Cristino, Joaquín A. Montes-Molina, Federico A. Gutierrez-Miceli, L. Dendooven

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In a previous laboratory experiment, extracts of neem (Azadirachta indica A. Juss.) and Gliricidia sepium Jacquin, locally known as mata-raton, used to control pests on crops, inhibited emissions of CO2 from a urea-amended soil, but not nitrification and N2O emissions. We investigated if these extracts when applied to beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) affected their development, soil characteristics and emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrous oxide (N2O) in a greenhouse environment. Untreated beans and beans planted with lambda-cyhalothrin, a commercial insecticide, served as controls. After 117days, shoots of plants cultivated in soil amended with urea or treated with lambda-cyhalothrin, or extracts of neem or G. sepium were significantly higher than when cultivated in the unamended soil, while the roots were significantly longer when plants were amended with urea or treated with leaf extracts of neem or G. sepium than when treated with lambda-cyhalothrin. The number of pods, fresh and dry pod weight and seed yield was significantly higher when bean plants were treated with leaf extracts of neem or G. sepium treatments than when left untreated and unfertilized. The number of seeds was similar for the different treatments. The number of nodules was lower in plants fertilized with urea, treated with leaf extracts of neem or G. sepium, or with lambda-cyhalothrin compared to the unfertilized plants. The concentrations of NH4+, NO23 and NO33 decreased significantly over time with the lowest concentrations generally found at harvest. Treatment had no significant effect on the concentrations of NH4+ and NO22, but the concentration of NO33 was significantly lower in the unfertilized soil compared to the other treatments. It was found that applying extracts of neem or G. sepium leaves to beans favored their development when compared to untreated plants, but had no significant effect on nitrification in soil. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)4961-4968
Number of pages4464
JournalScience of the Total Environment
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2010
Externally publishedYes


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