Physiological and Biochemical Indicators of Growth Promoting Effect of Caliterpenone on Mentha arvensis

  • Tabassum ZafarEmail author
  • Neelam Singh Sangwan
Research Article


Mentha arvensis is an herbaceous, edible plant with strong aromatic and medicinal property. An experiment was conducted to investigate the physiological and biochemical changes associated with possible growth promoting effect of caliterpenone on Mentha arvensis. After 45 days of 0.01 mM caliterpenone spray treatment fresh aerial leaves were used for assessment of various parameters. Significant increase was seen in chlorophyll content (P ≤ 0.05), total sugar content (P ≤ 0.05), soluble and bound protein content, moisture content (P ≤ 0.05), specific activity of invertase enzyme along with phenotypic growth features (P ≤ 0.01) after caliterpenone treatment. In light of the present findings study concludes that caliterpenone, a natural phyllocladane diterpenoid isolated from the leaves of Callicarpa macrophylla is a natural, efficient and economic plant growth promoter, which significantly promotes the plant growth without any additional chemical load on soil.


Invertase Mentha arvensis Plant growth promoter Caliterpenone Callicarpa macrophylla 



Authors are thankful to all the persons and research groups who contributed directly or indirectly to facilitate the present study.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiosciencesBarkatullah UniversityBhopalIndia
  2. 2.Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic PlantLucknowIndia

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