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Current Research in Agricultural Sciences

December 2021, Volume 8, 2, pp 90-96

Effect of Beneficial Soil Microbes on Growth and Yield of Celery in Volcanic Soil of West Java

Reginawanti Hindersah


Betty Natalie Fitriatin


Mieke Rochimi Setiawati


Rara Rahmatika Risanti

Reginawanti Hindersah 1 ,

Betty Natalie Fitriatin 1 Mieke Rochimi Setiawati 1 Rara Rahmatika Risanti 4

  1. Department of Soil Science, Universitas Padjadjaran Jalan Raya Bandung-Sumedang, Jatinangor, Sumedang Indonesia. 1

  2. Fellow researcher in Soil Biology Laboratory, Department of Soil Science, Universitas Padjadjaran Jalan Raya Bandung-Sumedang, Jatinangor, Sumedang, Indonesia. 4

Pages: 90-96

DOI: 10.18488/journal.68.2021.82.90.96

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Article History:

Received: 21 June, 2021
Revised: 27 July, 2021
Accepted: 23 August, 2021
Published: 13 September, 2021


Soil beneficial microbes have a critical role in plant growth. Inoculating biofertilizer is suppose essential for supporting the plant performance and hence plant yield. The objective of field experiment was to verify the growth and production of celery (Apium graveolens L.) after biofertilizers application. The experiment had been performed in a plastic house in the mountainous area of tropical volcanic soil of West Java, Indonesia. The field trial was carried out in a Completely Randomized Block Design to test two microbial-coated urea formulas and a mixed biofertilizer. The control treatment was Nitrogen-Phosphorous-Potassium (NPK) compound fertilizer. All treatments were replicated three times. The celery was growing in low Nitrogen but high Phosphor and Potassium soil during the dry season. The field trial verified that plant height and biomass as well as yield of celery didn’t depend on fertilizer treatments. Nonetheless, this trial founded that both microbial-coated urea and mixed biofertilizer can replace the NPK fertilizer to produce a same yield of celery.
Contribution/ Originality
The study contributes to the existing literatures of biofertilizer application of celery productivity in the tropical mountainous area. The field experiment performed in shading field showed the increase of celery productivity in tropical area under either fertilizer or biofertilizer application.


Biostimulant, Celery productivity, Microbial-coated urea, Mixed biofertilizer, NPK fertilizer, Shoot height, Shoot weight.


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This research is funded Research and Community Service Directorate of Universitas Padjadjaran.

Competing Interests:

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


Author thanks the farmer’s community in Mekarwangi for involving in this field trial.

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