Volume No. 4 Issue No.: 4 Page No.: 928-938 April-June 2010

 

CYTOTOXICITY OF LEAF LEACHATE OF Chromolaena odorata (L.) King AND Robinson A POSSIBLE EXPLANATION FOR REDUCTION OF BIODIVERSITY IN NEIGHBOURHOOD

 

Asis Kumar Nandi* and Gopal dev Mandal

Cytogenetics Laboratory, Department of Botany and Forestry, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore , West Bengal, (INDIA)

 

Received on : December 12, 2009

 

ABSTRACT

 

Leaf leachate of Chromolaena odorata (L.) King and Robinson, siam weed, at different concentrations has been noted to impair seed germination, sapling growth, cell division, chromosomal conformity, protein content as well as catalase activity of Lathyrus sativus L. and Lens esculenta Moench. The findings imply the potential of the weed to check the growth of other species in and around by the allelochemicals of leaf.

 

Keywords : Chromolaena odorata, Allelopathy, Leaf leachate, Cytotoxicity, Biodiversity.

 

 

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