Impact of Kunapajala treatment from Vrikshyaurveda on leaves of tomato relative to conventional and organic farming techniques.
Kunapajala is a fermentation product of easily available ingredient and it works as a natural plant growth booster. Experiments were conducted with tomatoes as using pot culture method for NPK farming, organic farming and kunapajala treatment in organic way. The results obtained under the kunapajala treatment were more effective for inducing number of leaves per plant and biomass of leaves compared to conventional farming and organic farming. Leaf area was same under both conventional farming and kunapajala treatment. Leaves showed highest relative water content [RWC], osmotic potential [OP] of cell sap, total chlorophylls, chlorophyll stability index, carotenoids and xanthophylls and lowest percentage of membrance injury under kunapajala had upper hand, followed by organic farming and farming. Bio-organic study showed that kunapajala had upper hand, followed by NPK farming and organic conventional farming in terms of solube proteins, total carbohydrates, polyphenol, proline, glycine betain and ascorbic acid. The antioxidant property of tomato leaf was highest with kunapajala treatment compared to NPK to farming and organic farming as revealed by activity of enzymes viz, catalase, peroxidase, polyphenol oxidase, IAA oxidase and super oxide dismutase. This overall picture shows that kunapajala trreatment is superior to NPK farming and organic farming as it brings about physiological, biochemical and enzymatic enhancement in the leaves of tomato under organic farming conditions.