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Parthenium hysterophorus- An Economical Tool to Increase the Agricultural Productivity

Lalitha P, Shivani K, and Rama Rao R
Department of Microbiology, GITAM Institute of Science, GITAM University, Visakhapatnam - 530045, India.
Abstract—Parthenium hysterophorus is a well known weed that is a serious problem in agriculture. It also produces a toxin called parthenin. However, in this paper we have utilized the leachate of different plant parts of Parthenium plant and observed the effect on several aspects such as seed germination of Phaseolus mungo , metal tolerating capacity of the seeds against iron, lead, mercury and nickel of seeds during germination, antimicrobial activity against fungal pathogens and effect on brinjal fruit borer. We observed that there was a 48.8 % increase in the seeds germination of the seeds treated with flower leachate. The metal tolerating capacity was highest in leaf extract against iron, in stem extract against lead, in flower extract against mercury and leaf extract against nickel. The flower extract exhibited 100% mortality on brinjal fruit borer. This study demonstrated that the weeds can be used to obtain growth factors easily in aqueous medium and that can be utilized for enhanced plant growth of desired plants.

Index Terms—Parthenium , Seed germination, Metal tolerance, Plant growth enhancer

Cite: Lalitha P, Shivani K, and Rama Rao R, "Parthenium hysterophorus- An Economical Tool to Increase the Agricultural Productivity," International Journal of Life Sciences Biotechnology and Pharma Research, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 113-127, January 2012.
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