Volume-6, Number-4, November-2013



Res. Environ. Life Sci., 6(4) 113-114 (2013)


Effect of allelopathic plants on Congress grass (Parthenium hysterophorus L.) in a tropical region


Jai Knox

Department of Botany, St. John’s College, Agra – 282 002, India


(Received: July 08, 2013; Revised received: October 13, 2013;Accepted: October 16,2013)


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Abstract: wo of the many benefits of including allelopathic plants in suppressing Parthenium hysterophorus L. are decreasing fresh weight and biomass of Parthenium weed. This study was conducted in order to examine the effect of selected plants on fresh weight and biomass in tropical Agra, India. Together with an untreated control plot, Parthenium and selected allelopathic plants were grown from January 2012- December 2012. The weeds were allowed to develop uncontrolled for 3 months until the time when selected allelopathic plants would be planted with Parthenium. In the period after the incorporation of allelopathic plants Parthenium biomass was less, than in control. More than half of the biomass reduced by 15 days after the incorporation of allelopathic plants. The chemical exudates from allelopathic plants are proposed to play a major role in the allelopathy mode of action

Key words: Parthenium, Allelopathic plants, Incorporation, Biomass


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 6(4) 115-118 (2013)


Reproductive physiology and feeding biology of Puntius sophore of Tripura, India


S. Banik1,2*and Sibani Saha2

1Bioinformatics Centre, Tripura University (a Central University), Suryamaninagar 799022, Tripura, India

2Aquaculture Research Unit, Department of Zoology, Tripura University, India


(Received: June 10, 2013; Revised received: October 15, 2013;Accepted: October 16,2013)



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Abstract: As a popular fish species Puntius sophore is well known in the market of Asia. It has considerable demand as ornamental fish also. An attractive phenotypic feature made this species beautiful.This species looks nice because of development of a beautiful undulating structure of the dorsal and caudal fins during slow swimming activity. The food search activity of the species looks very good-looking. Knowledge of some particular biological parameters such as reproductive physiology as well as feeding biology of this fish is important in aquaculture view point. For this purpose some particularparameters of reproductive physiology are being studied which have been development of gonads in relation to length and weight, gonado-somatic index, maturity stages related to age, fecundity and breeding periodicity as well. Amongst feeding biology parameters studied have been analysis of some digestive enzymes ( such as pepsin and alpha-amylase) during fingerling and adult stage, growth and development in relation to age, RLG, assessment of condition factor (K) etc.

Key words: Sex ratio, Maturity stages, Gonado-somatic index, Pepsin, Alpha-amylase



Res. Environ. Life Sci., 6(4) 119-120 (2013)


Identification of restorers and maintainers for different wild abortive CMS lines in rice (Oryza sativa L.)


S. K. Singh*, Vikas Sahu, Amita Sharma and P.K. Bhati

Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi-221005 (India)


(Received: May 06, 2013; Revised received: October 05, 2013;Accepted: October 11,2013)


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Abstract: The present observations revealed that F1 hybrids produced by crossing 10 different rice genotypes with 3 CMS lines behaved differently with regard to pollen fertility. Out of 30 F1 hybrids, 4 were completely sterile and 19 completely fertile. The remaining 7 hybrids expressed varying degrees of fertility within the range of partial restorer. Genotypes viz., BPT-5204, GR-32, CR-2496, MTU-7029 and Type-3 produced higher fertile hybrids and were hence considered as common effective restorers for all the three CMS lines. Kalanamak was found to be an effective restorer for CMS lines, IR58025A and Pusa 6A. Sona Choor was found to be an effective restorer for CMS lines, IR58025A and IR68897A. These restorer genotypes may be further tested for heterosis for development of new rice hybrids. Three genotypes (HUR-105, HUR-3022 and Anjali) produced sterile hybrids when crossed with IR58025A. HUR-3022 produced sterile hybrids, when crossed with Pusa 6A and IR58025A and may be further used for the development of new male sterile lines.

Key words: CMS lines, fertility restorers, hybrid rice, maintainer, wild abortive


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 6(4) 121-124 (2013)


Combination of component traits as selection indices for enhancing seed yield in maize (Zea mays L.)


D.Thirusendura Selvi1, P.Srimathi2 and N.Senthil3 and K.N Ganesan4

1Department of Seed Science and Technology , 2Seed Centre , 3Centre for Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology,

4 Department of Oil Seeds, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore-3, India


(Received: June 08, 2013; Revised received: October 18, 2013;Accepted: October 21,2013)


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Abstract: Studies were undertaken to assess the association and regression of quantitative traits with seed yield of 17 maize inbreds comprising domestic and exotic gene pools. The results revealed that cob length, number of kernel rows, cob weight and 100 seed weight were significantly and positively associated with single plant yield. The other characters viz., days to 50 per cent tasseling, silking, plant height and number of kernels per row were also showed positive correlation with single plant yield (g). The linear models expressed poor regression between seed weight cob-1 and days to 50 per cent tasseling (R2=0.147) and silking (R2=0.160) while it was higher between single plant yield (g) and cob weight (R2=0.930)

Key words: Maize, inbred line, correlation, regression, per se performance


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 6(4) 125-128 (2013)


Phytoremediation efficiency of sunflower crop under polluted soilhabitat irrigation with textile and dye industry effluent and sludge with amendments



1Department of Environmental Sciences, Tamilnadu Agriculture University, Coimbatore-641003, Tamilnadu, India


(Received: May 15, 2013; Revised received: September 29, 2013;Accepted: October 03,2013)


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Abstract: The effluent discharged from textile and dye industries, breweries, fertilizers were hazardous to the flora and fauna of inland streams or other natural water resources. The discharge of effluent into the river increased the BOD and COD of the river water. The high BOD and COD would deplete dissolved oxygen of the river water creating thereby an anaerobic condition in the riverbed, which in turn would affect the aquatic life. Gypsum, pressmud, farm yard manure, ETP sludge were tried to ameliorate the textile and dye effluent polluted soil habitat, using sunflower (CO4) as a test crop. The sludge along with effluent irrigation added considerable quantities of cations (calcium, magnesium and sodium) to the soil system. Application of pressmud @ 5 t ha-1 along with 100 per cent GR + NPK reduced the soil ESP by 44.96 per cent. The heavy metal content were also reduced due to addition of pressmud. Higher microbial population was also observed under effluent irrigation than well water. Application of 100 per cent GR + pressmud @ 5 t ha-1 + NPK under effluent irrigation increased the crop growth, yield attributes (head diameter, head weight, seed test weight) and yield of sunflower in effluent polluted soil habitat. The yield under pressmud amended plots was 36 per cent higher over control. Reclamation and restoration of textile dye effluent polluted soil habitat is possible by leaching the soil with 100 per cent GR followed by application of pressmud @ 5 t ha-1 and recommended NPK

Key words: N- Nitrogen, P- Phosphorus, K- Potassium, GR Gypsum recommendation, ESP Exchangeable sodium percentage, BOD- Biological Oxygen Demand, COD – Chemical Oxygen Demand


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 6(4) 129-132 (2013)


Economic importance of marine molluscs


N. Santhiya*, S. Baskara Sanjeevi , M. Gayathri , M. Dhanalakshmi

PG & Research Department of Zoology, Government Arts College (Autonomous), Kumbakonam-612 001, India


(Received: July 20, 2013; Revised received: November 04, 2013;Accepted: November 06,2013)


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Abstract: In India wide stretch of coastline offers beautiful beaches for tourism, and provides a variety of edible marine molluscs that are a delight to the plate and a major source of revenue for fishermen and tourist servers. Marine molluscs have an important role in the economic and cultural life of the Tamil Nadu. Fisherman captured different types of forms by using various nets. The ornamental molluscs are emerging resources in Indian seas. The fisherman has knowledge to the collection of species, store and preservation methods. The capturing species are transported to local market and surrounding area and some aquatic forms are exported to foreign countries. Collected samples are kept for removing soft body part by three general methods are burial, boiling and sun drying. After removing the soft parts the shells are kept in acid for cleaning.Molluscan in general had a tremendous impact on Indian tradition and economy and were popular among common man as ornaments and currency. This has the increasing global demand..

Key words: Molluscs, Ornamental, Important, Traditional


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 6(4) 133-136 (2013)


A check list of freshwater molluscs in lower anicut reservoir in Tamil Nadu


M.Dhanalakshmi, S.Baskara Sanjeevi, M.Gayathri, N.Santhiya

PG & Research Department of Zoology, Government Arts College (Autonomous), Kumbakonam-612 001, India


(Received: July 22, 2013; Revised received: November 05, 2013;Accepted: November 08,2013)


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Abstract: Molluscs occur in various habitats and are divided into Freshwater, Marine and Terrestrial forms. The freshwater molluscs play a significant role in aquatic ecosystems and some of them are edible species like Bellamya bengalensis, Pila virens and Lamellidens marginalis are proven food for many aquatic animals and Man: such as Lamellidens marginalis and Lamellidens corrianus have also been used to produce pearls in some parts of India (Subba Rao & Dey, 1989). The present study on the standing crop of shell fishes in Lower Anicut Reservoir reveals that the river basin is rich in diversity of Molluscan fauna. A total of 13 species of molluscs have been sampled and identified which have been commercially exploited by the people of Lower Anicut Reservoir of Tamil Nadu. Molluscan communities are good indicators of localized conditions, indicating the water quality. The objective of this study was to know the standing crop of Molluscan diversity of Lower Anicut Reservior.

Key words: Malacology, Molluscs, Gastropoda, Bivalvia


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 6(4) 137-140 (2013)


Effect of GA3 and NAA on plant growth, flowering , bulb production and vase life of tuberose (Pollianthes tuberosa L.) cv. Single


P.K.Singh1,D.B Singh2 and S.N Singh1

1Department of Horticulture, Udai Pratap Autonomus College,Varanasi, India

1Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Hardoi, CAS University of Agriculture and technology, Kanpur, India


(Received: August 22, 2013; Revised received: November 22, 2013;Accepted: November 26,2013)


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Abstract: Tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa L.)cv. Single bulbs were dipped in different concentration of GA3 and NAA (50,100,150,200)ppm for 6 hours and 12 hours. GA3 . 200ppm with 12 hours (T8) soaked bulbs resulted best for plant growth viz. number of leaves per Clump, height of plant, leaf area, fresh weight of leaves per clump; as well as minimum number of days to spike emergence, maximum spike length, spike weight, higher number of florets per spike, maximum number of spike per clump, duration of flowering and vase life .Similar beneficial effect on number of bulbs per clump, weight of bulbs per clump, weight of bulblets per clump, weight of bulbs, bulb diameter,number of bulblets per clump, and fresh weight of bulbs were observed in treatment T8.

Key words: Tuberose GA3 NAA, dipping hours.


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 6(4) 141-146 (2013)


Seasonal study of Physico-chemical parameters and planktons of Kullursandhai reservoir in Virudhunagar District, Tamil Nadu


K. Nagarajan* 1 andS. Kannan2

1Departmentof Zoology, VHNSN College,Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu, Affiliated to Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai

2Department of Environmental Studies,School of Energy, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai


(Received: August 18, 2013; Revised received: November 20, 2013;Accepted: November 25,2013)


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Abstract: ThisPaper Present to study the changes of Physico-chemical factors such as water temperature, pH, Transparency,EC, TDS, Total Hardness, DO, Calcium, Chloride, Alkalinity, Phosphates, Nitrates,and Biological factors such as Zooplanktons and Phytoplankton population during the Pre-monsoon, monsoon, post-monsoon and summer season from the month of June to May, 2012-2013. All parameters were within the standard of WHO permissible limits. The results indicate that the reservoir is highly suitable for fish culture and fish farming exclusively during the month from June to November.

Key words: Water quality, Pre-monsoon, Monsoon, Physico-chemical ,Phytoplanktons, Zooplanktons


Res. Environ. Life Sci., 6(4) 147-153 (2013)


Geo-environmental impact of open cast mining in

Sonbhadra district, U.P., India- in reference to Land use


Vinay Kumar Pandey*1, Ajai Mishra2, and Shashank Shekhar Mishra2

1GIPL, Energy division, 5th floor, Orbit Plaza, New Prabhadevi road,Prabhadevi,Mumbai, Maharastra, India.

2Department of Geology, University of Lucknow, Lucknow-226007, U.P., India


(Received: June 25, 2013; Revised received: November 11, 2013;Accepted: November 15,2013)


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Abstract: Land is the most important natural resource which embodies soil, water, associated flora and fauna involving the total ecosystem and on which all man’s activities are based. Of late, growing population pressure and human activities are increasing the demand on the limited land resources, both for agricultural and other land uses. The district Sonbhadra, previously a part of Mirzapur district in Uttar Pradesh, India, was created as a separate district in 1991. Geologically the area consists of Vindhyan supergroup, Mahakoshal group and Dudhi granitoid complex. The district Sonbhadra has rich mineral resources and their potential. The area is known for production of cement grade Limestone and Dolomite; the other minerals are Clay, Calcite, Silimanite and base metals for more than last three decades. These mining areas show impacts on the environmental status of the district. In the present study, the variations in landuse pattern from year 1971 to 2006 have been considered with the help of Survey of India toposheet and satellite data of the study area. Finally, the resulted compared landuse data of year 1971 & 2006, forest land become nearly half and open scrap get 2.5 times, agriculture land 1.5 times and huge population expansion 7.5 times, population get 3 times only in 10 year times span from 1991 to 2000.

Key words: Open cast mining, Landuse pattern, Open scrap, Forest land, Residential land


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Res. Environ. Life Sci., 6(4) 154-155 (2013)


Survey of ginger diseases onfarmers’ field in Jammu region

Shahid Ahamad*1, Banarsi Lal1, Vikas Sharma2 and Rani Mughal3

1Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Reasi, 2RARS, Rajouri, 3Govt. Degree College, Poonch,

Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu, (J.&K.) India


(Received: November 15, 2013; Revised received: December 15, 2013;Accepted: December 18, 2013)


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Abstract: Ginger (Zingiber officinale Rose L.) is an important spice crop belonging to family Zingiberaceae. Rhizome rot of ginger caused by Pythium aphanidermatum (Edson) Fitz is amajor constraint for the production of healthy rhizomein the Jammu region. To know the status of ginger diseases on farmers’ field, field survey was undertaken in the ginger-growing districts of Jammu region in the Kharif-2012 to Kharif-2013.The major ginger diseases observed were Rhizome rot (0-80%),wilt(0-22%),leaf spot(0-20%) in Jammu region.

Key words: Ginger, Pythiumspp., Pseudomonas solanacearum, Phyllosticta zingiberi,leaf spot.


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Res. Environ. Life Sci., 6(4) 156-158 (2013)


Effect of irrigation regimes and mulches in microbial population on Aonla (Emblica officinalis Greartn) cv. NA-10 under sodic soil

Mohd. Suhail*1 and Shahid Ahamad2

1K.V.K. Lakhimpur-kheri, CSAUAT-Kanpur, U.P., India

2Regional Agricultural Research Station, Rajouri, SKUAST-Jammu, India


(Received: November 05, 2013; Revised received: December 06, 2013; Accepted: December 09, 2013)


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Abstract: Total number of earthworm increased significantly with increasing level of irrigation (I1) and it was maximum in mulching by paddy straw. Application of water at I3 (IW/CPE=0.6) irrigation regime produced significantly maximum number of fungal colonies and bacterial population in I1 (IW/CPE=1.0) irrigation regime. The total number of fungal and bacterial population was maximum in paddy straw mulching. Interactive effect of irrigation regimes and mulches proved beneficial in improving the microbial population of the soil. The maximum number of bacterial and fungal colony were observed in I3M2 and I2M2 treatment combination, respectively.

Key words: Aonla drip, fungus, bacteria earthworms


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Res. Environ. Life Sci., 6(4) 159-161 (2013)


Sarsainawer wetland (Distich Etawah, UP):

An extensive investigation of plankton communities

Dipti Porwal and R.R.S. Chauhan

Department of Zoology, Janta Mahavidyalaya Ajitmal, Auraiya India


(Received: November 01, 2013; Revised received: December 05, 2013; Accepted: December 08, 2013)


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Abstract: The extensive investigation the Sarsainawer Wetland during the study period revealed that sewage disposal, increasing human interference and resultant algal and macrophytic growth is leading to the destruction of this Wetland. Moreover Copepods dominated in oligotrophic waters whereas the Cldocerans and Rotifers are dominant in eutropilic waters which also holds good to a great extent in the present Wetland. Here also the rotifers have acquired the dominance whereas the Cladccerans tend to dominate. So, wetland is undergoing rapid eutrophication as is evident by the phytoplankton and zooplankton population recorded at different times with their seasonal drifts as well.

Key words: Investigation, Sarsainawer Wetland, plankton, Hydrobiology