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Chickpeas under mango tree : additional anthracnose risk?
« on: December 02, 2016, 06:09:12 PM »
Hi guys,
I want to improve the soil around my little mango tree by planting chickpeas around it. But i read that chickpea is susceptible to anthracnose.
I don't know if chickpea plants, if they get anthracnose, can transmit it to the mango tree?

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Re: Chickpeas under mango tree : additional anthracnose risk?
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2016, 09:23:56 AM »
I like the idea of intercropping. The several fungi that cause anthracnose are generally everywhere in the environment. The fungus spreads by spores. More fungus means more spores, so, yes, if there is more  fungal growth near to the tree there should be more spores. But the spores require certain conditions to grow, especially high humidity and still air, and the spores have to get on the tree, usually by rain splashing or wind.

If you are in an arid environment you may not have a problem, ask others nearby if they do.
Does chickpea commonly host anthracnose in your area? If so, maybe another plant which isn't susceptible might be a better choice.
You say you are in an urban environment, so you could improve the soil by adding compost and mulch on top. Anthracnose isn't such a bad thing unless it defoliates the tree. Usually it will just cause spots on the fruit. Not the end of the world.
see:
http://www.mango.org/Mangos/media/Media/Documents/Research%20And%20Resources/Research/Industry/Post-Harvest/Anthracnose_Mangos_Final_Report_Eng.pdf


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Re: Chickpeas under mango tree : additional anthracnose risk?
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2016, 11:34:41 AM »
Thank you for your reply.
Yes i am in an urban gardening context. I don't know if chickpeas are attacked by the anthracnose in the area (i don't even think that there aresome growers nearby).
The mango tree is mulched 4 feets around the trunk. The tree is probably going to be pugged next spring to start low branching sturdy canopy.
I will probably take the shot with the chickpea and see what happens with them.

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Re: Chickpeas under mango tree : additional anthracnose risk?
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2016, 07:38:16 PM »
Are there any plants that repel anthracnose? Certainly should be some beneficial fungi that decrease it's ability to get more established.

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Re: Chickpeas under mango tree : additional anthracnose risk?
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2016, 02:10:15 PM »
i control it using a very diverse set of plants for mulch.
neem, basil etc...
i have a rosemary growing about 5ft away from my mango
its still pretty small though, but i think it helps.

i understand horseradish helps.
and ive used clove and eucalyptus oil mixed in a spray bottle before
which seemed to work.
both of those oils are great for a ton of other uses too.

what made you decide on chickpea ?
its an excellent pick
http://www.perennialsolutions.org/all-nitrogen-fixers-are-not-created-equal

i bought a bag of mixed beans at the store
it must have 20 varieties
i planted them all last year, and kept the 2 types that grew the best here.
then planted 10 beans of each, and only kept the strongest 2.
that is my "bean line" for nitro fixers.

ive kinda been wondering why no one really mentions
growing nitrogen fixers next to mango and other fruit trees.
i have some autumn olives and senna/cassia
but normally the ones that grow better are natives.



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Re: Chickpeas under mango tree : additional anthracnose risk?
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2016, 02:45:17 PM »
Pinto/forage peanut is a terrific nitrogen fixing ground cover for orchards and yards in tropical/subtropical climates. I have it all over the place and it's a perfect living mulch.

 

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