• Effect of cement kiln dust pollution on black gram (Vigna mungo (L.) Hepper)

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      Black gram; cement kiln dust; phytomass; pollution; yield

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      Effect of cement kiln dust pollution on black gram (Vigna mungo) has been studied by comparing plants of polluted as well as from non-polluted areas. Due to cement kiln dust accumulation on exposed parts of the plant, there was a decrease in height, phytomass, net primary productivity and chlorophyll content. Quantitative estimations and histo-chemical localization indicate lowering of metabolites in dusted plants as compared to control one. In polluted plants, damaged leaves show increase in stomatal index and trichome frequency and decrease in stomatal frequency. Cement kiln dust accumulation on plant surface showed decrease in the number and size of flowers which finally affected the yield to a great extent in the dusted plants.

    • Author Affiliations


      M S V Prasad1 J A Inamdar1

      1. Department of Biosciences, Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar - 388 120, India
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