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Basic Research Journal of Agricultural Science and Review ISSN 2315-6880 Vol. 6(4), pp. 27-33 May 2018 Copyright© 2018 Basic Research Journals

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Performance potential and biomass production of eucalyptus camaldulensis under saline condition, Pakistan


Amir Maqsood1, Mohammad Umar Farooq2, Rifat Ullah Khan3, Imtiaz Ahmad Qamar2, Miss Samiya Yaqub5, Sarfraz Ahmad4, Jalal Hayat Khan2 and Usman Tiwana2


1Internee RRI, NARC, Islamabad

2National Agricultural Research Centre, Islamabad

3Forest Department, Punjab

4Pakistan Agricultural Research Council

5Internee PCSIR, Lahore


*Corresponding author email: umarrri@hotmail.com


Received 24 April, 2018; Accepted 04 May, 2018; Published 28 May, 2018




Eucalyptus camaldulensis is a fast-growing species that produces large amount of biomass in a span of short time. The aspect of high biomass production is very important especially in the arid and semi-arid climate condition of Pakistan to meet the growing timber requirements of the country. In Pakistan, about 6.3 million lands is salt affected soil which is nearly 10% of the total land area. In this scenario, the solution is to increase the eucalyptus plantation. However, to harness the production potential of this species need careful evaluation of its production potential and survival capacity under saline condition. Therefore, present study is designed to evaluate the growth potential and biomass production of eucalyptus under saline condition. One-month old seedlings were procured from the local nursery. Thirty earthen pots were filled thirty earthen pots were filled with sand-peat mixture (2v/Iv). After one month of growth, 30 seedlings of uniform size were selected and randomly assigned to any of the three treatments; 10 in control condition (CC), 10 moderate salt trees (MS) and 10 high salt stress (HSS) (2, 8 and 16 dSm-1) respectively. Various growth parameters were measured during the experiments and assimilation rate, transpiration rate and stomatal conductance were measuring by suing IGRA at the end of the experiment. Results showed that biomass production (Plan height, stem diameter, of leaves and branches, chlorophyll II contents, fresh and dry weight of leaves, stem, roots) and physiological parameters (Assimilation rate, transpiration rate and stomatal conductance) and moisture contents and biomass allocation percentage were highly affected under high saline soil. Therefore, it can be concluded that Eucalyptus camaldulensis perform better under control the medium saline condition but also tolerate high saline.


Keywords: Growth potential and Biomass production of Eucalyptus species under saline condition


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