Cereal Research Communications

, Volume 42, Issue 4, pp 589–600 | Cite as

Effect of Exogenous Zinc Supply on Photosynthetic Rate, Chlorophyll Content and Some Growth Parameters in Different Wheat Genotypes

  • K. Bharti
  • N. Pandey
  • D. Shankhdhar
  • P. C. Srivastava
  • S. C. ShankhdharEmail author


A two-year field experiment was conducted to study the effect of three zinc levels 0, 20 kg ZnSO4 ha−1 and 20 kg ZnSO4 ha−1 + foliar spray of 0.5% ZnSO4 solution on plant height, leaf area, shoot biomass, photosynthetic rate and chlorophyll content in different wheat genotypes. Increasing zinc levels was found to be beneficial in improving growth and physiological aspects of genotypes. Soil application + foliar spray proved to be the best application in improving all the parameters. Zinc application brought about a maximum increment limit of 41.8% in plant height, 101.8% in leaf area, 86% in shoot biomass and 51.1% in photosynthetic rate irrespective of stages and year of study. A variation was found to occur among genotypes in showing responses towards zinc application and PBW 550 was found to be more responsive.


photosynthetic rate chlorophyll content leaf area shoot biomass plant height 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Bharti
    • 1
  • N. Pandey
    • 2
  • D. Shankhdhar
    • 1
  • P. C. Srivastava
    • 3
  • S. C. Shankhdhar
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Plant Physiology, College of Basic Sciences and HumanitiesG. B. Pant University of Agriculture & TechnologyPantnagar, U.S. NagarIndia
  2. 2.Department of Entomology, College of AgricultureG. B. Pant University of Agriculture & TechnologyPantnagar, U.S. NagarIndia
  3. 3.Department of Soil Science, College of AgricultureG. B. Pant University of Agriculture & TechnologyPantnagar, U.S. NagarIndia

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