African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6638

Full Length Research Paper

Effect of salt stress on growth, stomatal resistance, proline and chlorophyll concentrations on maize plant

  Murat Ali Turan1*, Abdelkarim Hassan Awad Elkarim2, Nilgun Taban3 and Suleyman Taban4    
  1Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Uludag University, 16059 Bursa, Turkey. 2Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Khartoum University, 13314 Shambat-Khartoum, Sudan. 3Agricultural Engineer, Kastamonu, Turkey. 4Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Kastamonu University, 37100 Kastamonu, Turkey.
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  •  Accepted: 03 August 2009
  •  Published: 30 September 2009



In this study, effect of applied NaCl on growth and stomatal resistance, proline and total chlorophyll concentrations of maize plant (Zea mays L. cv: RX 947) was investigated. The experiment was arranged in a completely randomized design with four replications under the greenhouse condition. The experimental soil was salinized with NaCl at the rates of 0 and 100 mM NaCl. Growth of the maize plants was inhibited by salinity. Applied NaCl significantly decreased dry mass of maize plants.   Stomatal resistance and proline concentrations were increased by high salinity, while total chlorophyll concentration was decreased. NaCl caused to increase Na and Cl concentrations of plant. 


Key words: Zea mays, salt stress, stomatal resistance, proline, sodium chloride.