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Photosynthetica

, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 281–284 | Cite as

Salicylic Acid Influences Net Photosynthetic Rate, Carboxylation Efficiency, Nitrate Reductase Activity, and Seed Yield in Brassica juncea

  • Q. Fariduddin
  • S. Hayat
  • A. Ahmad
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Abstract

Aqueous solutions of salicylic acid (SA) were applied to the foliage of 30-d-old plants of mustard (Brassica juncea Czern & Coss cv. Varuna). The plants sprayed with the lowest used concentration (10−5 M) of SA were healthier than those sprayed with water only or with higher concentrations of SA (10−4 or 10−3 M). 60-d-old plants possessed 8.4, 9.8, 9.3, 13.0 and 18.5 % larger dry mass, net photosynthetic rate, carboxylation efficiency, and activities of nitrate reductase and carbonic anhydrase over the control, respectively. Moreover, the number of pods and the seed yield increased by 13.7 and 8.4 % over the control.

carbonic anhydrase chlorophyll dry mass pod and seed number 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Q. Fariduddin
    • 1
  • S. Hayat
    • 1
  • A. Ahmad
    • 1
  1. 1.Plant Physiology Section, Department of BotanyAligarh Muslim UniversityAligarhIndia

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