, Volume 69, Issue 3, pp 467-471

Comparative phytotoxicity of nitrophenolic soil pollutants and their microbial metabolites to the growth of cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) seedlings

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2,4-Dinitrophenol and paranitrophenol are two major soil pollutants which are known to be metabolized by different soil microbes. Relative phytotoxicities of these parent compounds and their metabolic transformation products to the growth of cucumber seedlings were assessed. It was evident that such microbial transformations widely occurring in the soil are effective detoxification reactions and are beneficial for the plants.