Study of the effects of high levels of nutrients on seed germination and root elongation

János Tamás Kundrát, István Gyulai, Edina Simon, Edvárd Mizsei, Mihály Braun, Béla Tóthmérész

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Abstract

Plant seeds are highly sensitive to environmental stress. The aim of our paper was to assess the effects of high nutrient levels in the water and sediment of thermal ponds and rivers on the ecosystem, based on the seed germination and root elongation of S. alba in the Lëngaricës Valley, Albania. Significant differences were found in the physicochemical parameters of the water and the sediment among samples taken from the river, the thermal ponds, and the control ponds. We found significant differences in the root elongation of S. alba seeds based on the water and the sediment of the river, the thermal ponds, and the control ponds. Significantly longer roots were found in the thermal water and sediment than in the river. Among the physicochemical parameters of the water and the sediment, Cu, K, and Li were stimulants for root elongation. With Cu, Li, Ba, Mg, Ni, carbon-dioxide, and sulphate-ion, a stimulant effect was found on seed germination. Our results indicated that the high mineral level of the water and sediment of these thermal ponds had positive effects on the ecosystem based on seed germination and the root elongation test of S. alba.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1585-1590
Number of pages6
JournalPolish Journal of Environmental Studies
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017

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Keywords

  • Physicochemical parameters
  • Sinapis alba
  • Stimulant effects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Science(all)

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