Menadione sodium bisulphite: A promising plant growth regulator


Menadione sodium bisulphite (MSB) increased the growth of tomato plants and alfalfa callus and stimulated rooting of mungbean cuttings. Investigations into its effect on auxin metabolism resulted in decreased activities of the enzymes involved in IAA oxidation in tomato plants. The levels of IAA were increased by about 3 to 4 fold following application of MSB to tomato, cucumber, corn and capsicum plants.

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Rama Rao, A.V., Ravichandran, K., David, S.B. et al. Menadione sodium bisulphite: A promising plant growth regulator. Plant Growth Regul 3, 111–118 (1985).

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Key words

  • Menadione sodium bisulphite
  • growth promoter
  • IAA oxidase-peroxidase
  • IAA levels
  • field trials