AbstractPigeon pea (Cajanus cajan cv. 38-Bushy) seeds were harvested at maturity and 1, 2 or 3 weeks after maturity (delayed harvests) from non sprayed plants or from plants sprayed with maneb, benomyl, or a combination of the two at four 1-week intervals beginning 110 days after planting. At each harvest date, the decrease in percentage germination and emergence and the increase in seed borne fungi was significantly less for seeds from benomyl-sprayed plants than from nonsprayed plants or those sprayed with maneb. The percentage seed germination in vitro and field emergence decreased and the percentage of internally seedborne fungi increased with each delay in harvest for all treatments. There were no significant differences in total internally seed borne fungi, germination in vitro, or field emergence between plants sprayed with maneb alone and the nontreated control. When harvested at maturity, plants of all treatments produced good quality seeds (over 85% germination).
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