Table 4: Soil fertility as influenced by chickpea genotypes and microbial inoculants.

Chickpea genotypespH EC
dS m−1
SOC (%)Available nutrients in soil (kg ha−1)Rhizobium population
 g−1 of soil)
PSB population
(  g−1 of soil)
NPKS

Chickpea genotype
IG-2267.750.360.49198.510.6545.612.59.684.23
IG-3707.680.350.47192.810.4544.812.49.294.03
IG-3797.760.360.49194.511.4546.413.09.994.42
JG-4127.790.370.53210.311.6547.113.410.604.53
IG-5937.790.380.53219.312.2568.613.610.995.09
SEm±0.011.50.41.60.40.240.13
LSD ( )NSNS0.024.81.45.11.20.780.41

Microbial inoculants
Control7.710.360.48193.39.1545.712.59.374.12
Rhizobium7.760.370.51206.89.2552.713.010.794.14
PSB7.730.360.48191.912.5546.713.09.404.77
Rhizobium + PSB7.810.370.54220.314.1556.913.410.864.80
SEm±0.012.60.21.90.30.080.03
LSD ( )NSNS0.027.50.65.50.70.240.10

SOC: soil organic carbon, EC: electrical conductivity.
Initial rhizobial count:  g−1 of soil and phosphate solubilizing bacterial (PSB) count:  g−1 of soil.