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Authors Bina, F; Bostani, A
Author Full Name Bina, Fatemeh; Bostani, Abdolamir
Title Effect of Salinity (NaCl) stress on germination and early seedling growth of three medicinal plant species
Source ADVANCEMENTS IN LIFE SCIENCES
Language English
Document Type Article
Author Keywords Salt Stress; Germination analysis; Clove; Isabgol; Regression analysis; Zucchini
Keywords Plus RESISTANCE; TOLERANCE; GENE
Abstract Background: Salinity stress negatively affects the growth and yield of plants. Due to the increasing demand for products derived from medicinal plants and with regard to the growing problems caused by salinity of arable lands, the use of salt-tolerant species can be a strategic approach to cope with this problem. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of salinity stress on germination and seedling growth of three medicinal plant species. Methods: Seeds of three species of medicinal herbs including isabgol (Plantago ovata L.), zucchini (Cucurbita pepo L.) and clove (Caryophyllus aromaticus L.) were exposed to different concentrations (0, 10, 20, 30 and 40 dS.m(-1)) of sodium chloride (NaCl). Results: It was observed that, except for zucchini, germination was inhibited at higher salinity regimes. NaCl treatment caused a serious decrease in the early seedling growth by means of reduced root and shoot length at higher salinity levels. Regression analysis of studied indices over salinity levels revealed that the highest and lowest slopes of regression lines belonged to isabgol and zucchini, respectively indicating high tolerance of zucchini and also, high sensitivity of isabgol to the imposed salinity levels. Conclusions: Based on the findings, zucchini was able to germinate more than 90% at 40 dS.m(-1) of NaCl. Therefore, zucchini is suggested to be cultivated in farmlands which are relatively faced with the problem of soil salinity while, it is recommend that isabgol and clove not to be planted in such soils.
Author Address [Bina, Fatemeh] Univ Tehran, Fac Agr, Dept Hort, Tehran, Iran; [Bostani, Abdolamir] Shahed Univ, Fac Agr, Dept Soil Sci, Tehran, Iran
Reprint Address Bina, F (corresponding author), Univ Tehran, Fac Agr, Dept Hort, Tehran, Iran.
E-mail Address fatemeh.bina.123@gmail.com
Times Cited 1
Total Times Cited Count (WoS, BCI, and CSCD) 4
Publisher CENTRE EXCELLENCE MOLECULAR BIOLOGY-CEMB
Publisher City LAHORE
Publisher Address 87-WEST BANK, CANAL RD, LAHORE, 00000, PAKISTAN
ISSN 2310-5380
29-Character Source Abbreviation ADVAN LIFE SCI
ISO Source Abbreviation Advan. Life Sci.
Publication Date MAY
Year Published 2017
Volume 4
Issue 3
Beginning Page 77
Ending Page 83
Page Count 7
Web of Science Category Biology
Subject Category Life Sciences & Biomedicine - Other Topics
Document Delivery Number FN6DH
Unique Article Identifier WOS:000416102100002
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