Indian Journal of Microbiology

, Volume 50, Issue 3, pp 355–360 | Cite as

Effect of Glomus species on physiology and biochemistry of Catharanthus roseus

  • Neelima RattiEmail author
  • H. N. Verma
  • S. P. Gautam
Scientific Correspondence


The present study on efficacy of different Glomus species, an arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungus (G. aggregatum, G. fasciculatum, G. mosseae, G. intraradices) on various growth parameters such as biomass, macro and micronutrients, chlorophyll, protein, cytokinin and alkaloid content and phosphatase activity of pink flowered Catharanthus roseus plants showed that all Glomus species except G. intraradices enhanced the chlorophyll, protein, crude alkaloid, phosphorus, sulphur, manganese and copper contents of C. roseus plants along with phosphatase activity significantly over uninoculated plants. However only G. mosseae and G. fasciculatum exhibited superior symbiotic relationship with the plant. G. mosseae was found to be the best for increasing the crude alkaloid content (8.19%) in leaf and also in increasing the quantity of important alkaloids vincristine and vinblastine.


Catharanthus roseus Glomus species Cytokinin Alkaloids Phosphatase activity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hislop School of BiotechnologyHislop CollegeCivil LinesIndia
  2. 2.Jaipur National UniversityJagatpuraIndia
  3. 3.Central Pollution Control BoardParivesh BhawanDelhiIndia

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