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Growth response of eight tropical turfgrass species to salinity

Md Kamal Uddin, and Juraimi, Abdul Shukor and Ismail, Mohd Razi and Othman, Radziah and Abd Rahim, Anuar (2009) Growth response of eight tropical turfgrass species to salinity. African Journal of Biotechnology, 8 (21). pp. 5799-5806. ISSN 1684–5315

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Irrigation seawater of different salinity levels (0, 24, 48 and 72 dSm-1) were applied to experimental plants grown in a plastic pots filled with a mixture of sand and peat (9:1). The results were analyzed using SAS and treatment means were compared using LSD Test. The results indicated that Paspalum vaginatum (seashore paspalum) (SP), Zoysia matrella (manilagrass) (MG), Pasplaum vaginatum local (SPL), Cynodon dactylon (common bermuda) (CB), Cynodon dactylon (bermuda greenless park) (GLP), Eremochloa ophiuroides (centipede) (CP), Axonopus compressus (cow grass) (CG) and Axonopus affinis (narrowleaf carpet grass) (NCG) experienced a 50% shoot growth reduction at the EC of 39.8, 36.5, 26.1, 25.9, 21.7, 22.4, 17.0 and 18.3 dSm-1, respectively, and a 50% root growth reduction at the EC of 49.4, 42.1, 29.9, 29.7, 26.0 24.8, 18.8 and 20.0 dSm-1, respectively. The ranking for salinity tolerance of selected grasses was SP>MG>SPL>CB>GLP>CP>NCG>CG. The results indicate the importance of the selection of turfgrass varieties according to the soil salinity and seawater salinity levels to be used for irrigation.

Item Type:Article
Keyword:Salinity tolerance, water salinity, turfgrass, seawater
Faculty or Institute:Faculty of Agriculture
Publisher:Academic Journals
ID Code:5373
Deposited By: Norhazura Hamzah
Deposited On:09 Apr 2010 09:13
Last Modified:27 May 2013 15:22

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