Influence of Soil Moisture on some Physiological Characters and Root and Alkaloid Yields of <i>Rauvolfia serpentina</i>

  • D Paul Department of Botany, North Bengal University, Raja Rammohanpur, Darjeeling, India
  • NK Paul Department of Botany, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi, Bangladesh
  • P Basu Department of Botany, North Bengal University, Raja Rammohanpur, Darjeeling, India
Keywords: Irrigation, relative leaf water content, chlorophyll, sugar, root yield, reserpine

Abstract

Relative leaf water content of the irrigated plants of Rauvolfia serpentine was significantly higher than that of the rainfed plants. Soil moisture effect was found to be significant for chlorophyll a, b and total chlorophyll. Rainfed plants had significantly higher proline and sugar content than the irrigated plants. Main root length, total alkaloid and reserpine contents were unaffected by soil moisture, but air-dried root yield gradually increased with the increase of irrigation frequency. Key words: Irrigation, relative leaf water content, chlorophyll, sugar, root yield, reserpine. J. bio-sci. 14: 73-76, 2006

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Paul, D., Paul, N., & Basu, P. (1). Influence of Soil Moisture on some Physiological Characters and Root and Alkaloid Yields of <i>Rauvolfia serpentina</i&gt;. Journal of Bio-Science, 14, 73-76. https://doi.org/10.3329/jbs.v14i0.446
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