Year 2020, Volume 4 , Issue 4, Pages 439 - 449 2020-12-15

Comparative study on germination and seedling growth of wheat cultivars under salt stress regimes

Ece IYEM [1] , Mehmet YILDIRIM [2] , Ferhat KIZILGEÇİ [3]

Salinity interferes with germination and hampers the growth of wheat especially at seedling stage which necessitates determining of salt tolerant cultivars. Based upon the current situation a controlled experiment was carried out at the Laboratory of Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture, Cukurova University, Turkey to comparatively evaluate wheat varieties response to imposed salt stress. Germination and seedling growth properties under salt stress were taken as response variables. The seeds of five bread wheat genotypes (‘Wafia’, ‘Lucilla’, ‘Envoy’, ‘Lok1’and ‘RSP- 561’) were placed in Petri dishes with salinity doses (Control (0), 4, 8 and 12 dS.m-1 NaCl) which were applied at germination and subsequent early seedling phases under laboratory conditions. The results revealed that root growth was highly sensitive to salt stress and the varieties of Envoy and Lucilla remained relatively tolerant to salt stress than other cultivars. The biochemical analysis revealed that proline content spiked with increasing salinity level, ‘RSP-561’ under 8 dS.m-1and 12 dS.m-1 recorded the maximum proline content. Salt stress boosted leaf proline content of salt sensitive wheat genotypes (‘Wafia’ and ‘Lok1’), whereas declined proline level was observed for salt tolerant cultivars. In addition, salt-sensitive genotypes showed a reduction in chlorophyll content a, b, total chlorophyll and carotenoid while, ‘Wafia’ and ‘RSP-561’ recorded the minimum Chlorophylls and Carotenoid contents. Further investigations are needed, however, to enhance understanding of the salt stress effects during the whole growing cycle of wheat.
biochemical analysis, proline content, salt tolerance, wheat seedling, chlorophyll
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Primary Language en
Subjects Plant Science
Published Date December 2020
Journal Section Research Articles

Orcid: 0000-0001-7617-5657
Author: Ece IYEM
Country: Turkey

Orcid: 0000-0003-2421-4399
Author: Mehmet YILDIRIM (Primary Author)
Country: Turkey

Orcid: 0000-0002-7884-5463
Author: Ferhat KIZILGEÇİ
Institution: Mardin Artuklu University
Country: Turkey


Application Date : July 27, 2020
Acceptance Date : October 21, 2020
Publication Date : December 15, 2020

APA Iyem, E , Yıldırım, M , Kızılgeçi̇, F . (2020). Comparative study on germination and seedling growth of wheat cultivars under salt stress regimes . International Journal of Agriculture Environment and Food Sciences , 4 (4) , 439-449 . DOI: 10.31015/jaefs.2020.4.7