Plant Resource Management

Consequence of Diverse Nitrogen Levels on Leaf Pigments in Five Rice Genotypes Under Field Emergent Circumstances

Hukum Singh, Amit Verma, M. Krishnamoorthy and Alok Shukla

  • Page No:  189 - 193
  • Published online: 07 Dec 2010

  • Abstract

The paper assesses the effect of dissimilar nitrogen levels on chlorophyll a, b, a/b, a+b and carotenoids content in assorted rice genotypes growing in field situation. The experiment was conducted throughout kharif season in 2008 and 2009. Five rice geno­types specifically KRH-2, Vasumati, Kasturi, Tulsi and Krishna Hamsa were taken as investigational material and urea was taken as a nitrogen source. The pigments content were anticipated at the instance of active tillering (AT) and flowering stage (FS). The pigments value was increased simultaneously with N levels and highest value was calculated at AT than FS. Chlorophyll a/b was increased after AT stage. Chlorophyll a was recorded higher for KRH-2 (AT) and Kasturi (FS), lower for Tulsi (AT) and Vasumati (FS). Chlorophyll b content was recorded greatest for Tulsi (AT) and Kasturi (FS) while minimum for Krishna Hamsa (AT) and Vasumati (FS). The upper limit of Chlorophyll a/b content was considered for Krishna Hamsa and Vasumati at AT and FS, although lower limit for Kasturi at same stage. Chlorophyll a+b content was calculated uppermost for KRH-2 (AT) and Kasturi (FS) whereas lowermost for Vasumati at both stages. Carotenoids contents were also drastically increased up to topmost N level and upper limit was recorded for KRH-2 and slighter for Vasumati at identical stage.       

Keywords :   Chlorophyll, carotenoids, nitrogen, active tillering stage 

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