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International Journal of Recent Biotechnology (IJRB)
Year : 2020, Volume : 8, Issue : 2
First page : (16) Last page : (19)
Article doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18782/2322-0392.1290

Biochemical Analysis of Major Elements (N, P, K, Ca & Mg) in Seeds of Tecomella undulata from Twelve Provenances in Arid India

Satish Kumar*
Department of Botany, CMG Govt. College for Women, Bhodia Khera, Fatehabad, Haryana
*Corresponding Author E-mail: drsatishverma1008@gmail.com
Received: 5.06.2020  |  Revised: 23.06.2020   |  Accepted: 29.06.2020 


ABSTRACT

Tecomella undulata (Smith) Seemann (Bignoniaceae) is a valuable endangered species of Thar Desert in India. Seeds from twelve provenances of Haryana and Rajasthan were collected randomly from selected plus trees and stored in aluminium cans for determination of major elements (N, P, K, Ca, & Mg). Oven dried seeds of each provenance were powdered and digested with HNO3 and HClO4 to determine Nitrogen (Micro-Kjeldahl), Phosphorus (Spectrophotometer), Potassium (Flame Photometer), Calcium and Magnesium (Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer). Variation for all the five elements observed among provenances. Maximum percentage of N & P was reported in Bhiwani provenance (2.28% and 0.49%), K in Rewari (0.56%) while Ca and Mg in Didwana provenance (1.84% and 0.56%). Likewise minimum values of these elements were estimated in different provenances. Variation in biochemical elements in seeds of different provenances is random in populations and is mainly due to different genotypes. Chemical nutrients in seeds have a great food and fodder value for desert animals and help to maintain ecological equilibrium in arid zone. Determination of major elements in seeds of Rohira is helpful to select the superior genotype of the endangered tree for afforestation programmes in arid India.

Keywords: Tecomella undulata, Provenance, Major elements, Genotype, Endangered.

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Cite this article: Kumar, S. (2020). Biochemical Analysis of Major Elements (N, P, K, Ca & Mg) in Seeds of Tecomella undulata from Twelve Provenances in Arid India, Int. J. Rec. Biotech.8(2), 16-19. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18782/2322-0392.1290