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The influence of salt stress on growth and biomass production of Populus deltoides

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Zikria Zafar, Fahad Rasheed, Furqan Shaheen, Zafar Hussain, Hafiz Arslan Anwaar, Muhammad Rizwan, Muhammad Mohsin, Abdul Qadeer

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Int. J. Biosci.13( 2), 193-199, August 2018

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/13.2.193-199


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Salinity is one of the major abiotic stress in all over the world they are increased day by day due to the insufficient agriculture practices. Pakistan is mostly arid to semiarid country. Out of 23 million ha are cultivated lands, 6.8 million ha cultivated area are mostly affected by soil and water salinity. Populus deltoides, is the eastern cottonwood native to North America, growing throughout the eastern, central, and southwestern USA. P. deltoides is a tree that growing up to15–50m tall. The study was conducted to explore the salinity tolerance of forest species Eastern cottonwood (Populus deltoids) at Department of Forestry & Range Management, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. Plant species was exposed to different level of salinity stress by using commercial salt NaCl (EC control, 2, 6 and 12 dSm1) in earthen pots experiment to determine the different growth parameters. Results show that salinity have negative effect on biomass production but in EC 6dSm1 the growth parameters were significantly different from control treatment. However in EC 12dSm1 showed significantly decreased as compare to others treatments. Therefore, it is concluded that Populus deltoides well performed under the EC 6dm1.


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The influence of salt stress on growth and biomass production of Populus deltoides

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