An Assessment of Efficiency of Zinc Priming in Rice (cv. MTU-7029) During Germination and Early Seedling Growth

  • Debojyoti Moulick
  • Subhas Chandra Santra
  • Dibakar Ghosh
  • Sanjib Kumar Panda


We laid down this experiment with two objectives. First to evaluate the germination and early seedling growth behaviour of rice seeds primed with water (hydroprimed or HP) and primed with zinc (Zn) using zinc sulphate under arsenic free (As-) and As spiked (As+) condition. Whereas, our second intention was to asses whether seed priming with Zn in rice can ameliorate As induced phytotoxicity or not. Here in this experiment, total six priming treatments (0.0, HP, 0.5,1.0,1.5 and 2.0 % Zn priming) and three stress regimes {0.0, 8.0 (As3+) and 8.0 (As5+) mg L−1} were considered and arranged these treatment combinations in complete randomized design (CRD) in 90.0 mm glass petriplates. Results from the current investigation suggest that priming rice seeds with Zn significantly (at p ≤ 0.0001) improves germination and seedling growth and minimize the stress-induced biochemical markers under normal condition than those primed with water and unprimed seeds at 10 days after sowing (DAS). Whereas, under As stress germination and seedling growth were inhibited in a noteworthy fashion, irrespective of seed priming treatments. Among the stressor As3+ seems to be more phytotoxic than As5+ on germination and seedling. Seeds which were primed had greater germination and longer root and shoot growth when compared with the seedlings of hydroprimed and unprimed seeds. Our findings also indicate that, may be due to a significant interactive aspect (at p ≤ 0.001) among Zn and As (Zn × As), Zn primed seedlings accumulated lesser amount of As at 10 DAS than the unprimed and hydroprimed seedlings, irrespective of nature of stress.


Seed priming Rice Zinc Arsenic Interaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Debojyoti Moulick
    • 1
    • 2
  • Subhas Chandra Santra
    • 1
  • Dibakar Ghosh
    • 3
  • Sanjib Kumar Panda
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Environmental ScienceUniversity of KalyaniNadiaIndia
  2. 2.Plant Molecular Biotechnology Laboratory, Department of Life ScienceAssam UniversitySilcharIndia
  3. 3.ICAR Directorate of Weed ResearchJabalpurIndia

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