Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Impacts of cement dust pollution on biochemical attributes of Crocus sativus L. Kashmirianus


Syed Sana Mehraj 1, Azra N. Kamili 1, Ruqeya Nazir 1, Taseen Gul and Henah Mehraj Balkhi 2*

Recieved Date: 2018-12-08, Accepted Date: 2018-03-29


The karewas land of Kashmir valley is second major saffron (Crocus sativus L.Kashmirianus) growing area of the world. It is a source of highly valued spice and a number of medicinal values have been ascribed to it. From past few decades, there has been a constant increase in the growth of cement factories around the saffron cultivation area. This study was carried out to evaluate the impacts of cement dust on growth and development of saffron. The current study was taken up for two years extended over all the three developmental stages of the saffron plant around five sampling sites on the basis of the distance from a cement factory towards the control site. It was observed that accumulation of heavy metals and toxic substances beyond permissible levels in saffron plant and soil are having adverse effects on growth and development of saffron plant vis-a-vis its primary and secondary metabolite constituents.


Crocus sativus, cement pollution, heavy metals, Kashmir, saffron

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2018
Volume: 16
Issue: 2
Category: Environment
Pages: 144-156

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