Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 11, Issue 2,2013
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Effects of NaCl concentrations on germination and early seedling growth of silage sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench) varieties on different textured soils 


Mehmet Arslan 1*, Cengiz Erdurmuş 2, Sadık Çakmakçi 3

Recieved Date: 2013-01-12, Accepted Date: 2013-04-30


This study investigated the germination and some growing parameters of three silage sorghum varieties, Gözde-80, Leoti and Early Sumac, under different salinity levels (0, 75, 150 and 300 mmol L-1 NaCl) and on different soils having clay, loam and sand textures. Pot experiment was carried out and 20 seeds were sown on pots with 5 kg soils per each and were salinized artificially with given NaCl doses. Daily germination rate was determined just after the sowing, and 5 plants per pot were removed on 12th days in order to measure root and shoot length and dry weight. Though elevated levels of NaCl led to a decrease on germination rate, germination index as well as root and shoot length and dry weight increased. Gözde-80 was superior to the others and texture was found not to affect the germination negatively. 


Silage sorghum, salinity, soil texture, germination, seedling growth

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2013
Volume: 11
Issue: 2
Category: Agriculture
Pages: 474-476

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