Muduli et al
Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 4 (3), pp. 083-090, April 2014.
Manuscript Number: 021114104
Growth and Physiological Activities of Selected Leguminous Crops Grown in Carbonated Fly Ash Amended Soil
*S. D. Muduli, N. Chaturvedi, P. Mohapatra, N. K. Dhal
and B. D. Nayak
CSIR- Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology, Bhubaneswar -751013, Odisha, India.
*Corresponding Author’s Email: surabhidipali @ gmail. com
study was conducted to analyze the impact of varying levels
of fly ash on the soil quality and plant growth. Pot
experiments in random block design were conducted with
different proportions of fly ash added to the soil to assess
the effect of fly ash and carbonated fly ash on various
growth parameters, biochemical content and antioxidant
activities of Vigna radiata and Vigna mungo. Observations
suggested normal seed germination in fly ash treated plants.
No visible symptoms of either nutrient deficiency or
phytotoxicity were observed in any case. Significant
positive (p≤ 0.01) correlations between heavy metals
concentration in the soil and physical growth as well as
photosynthetic pigments indicates the stimulating effect of
fly ash on various growth parameters like length, fresh and
dry weight of roots and shoots, germination rate and
chlorophyll content. The increase in the activity of
antioxidative enzymes and antioxidants synthesis in plants
with higher doses of carbonated fly ash is indicative of
plant’s ability to tolerate heavy metal toxicity. Thus, soil
application of carbonated fly ash has the potential not only
for improving their production but also for solving their
Keywords; Carbonated fly ash, antioxidants, germination, growth, heavy metals.
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