Volume No. 6 Issue No.: 3A Page No.: 601-608 Jan-Mar 12

 

IMPACT OF DISTILLERY EFFLUENT ON SEEDLING GROWTH AND PIGMENT CONCENTRATION OF Cicer arietinum L.

 

Kamini Narain*1, Mohd. Muzamil Bhat2, Abhilash P.C.3 and Mohammad Y

1. Department of Environmental Science, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow (INDIA)
2. School of Environmental Biology, Awadhesh Pratap Singh University, Rewa, Madhya Pradesh (INDIA)
3. Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development (IESD), Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (INDIA)

 

Received on : October 15, 2011

 

ABSTRACT

 

The impact of different concentrations (10%, 25%, 50%, 75% and 100%) of distillery effluent on seed germination (%), germination index, plumule and radicle length, fresh and dry weight of plumule and radicle, chlorophyll and carotenoid content of Cicer arietinum was investigated. The germination percentage of seed, seedling growth and chlorophyll content showed a gradual decline with increase in effluent concentration. The distillery effluent did not show any inhibitory effect on seed germination at low concentration (25%). Seeds germinated in 100% effluent but did not survive for longer period. The better growth was at 25% effluent concentration, may be due to the growth promoting effect of nitrogen and other mineral elements present in the effluent.

 

Keywords : Chlorophyll, Cicer arietinum, Distillery effluent, Germination index, Concentration

 

 

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