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    Abstract - Issue May 2011, 32 (3)                                     Back

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Effect of distillery effluent on yield attributes of Brassica napus L.


Author Details


Piyush Malaviya (Corresponding author)

Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Jammu, Jammu - 180 006, India


Anuradha Sharma

Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Jammu, Jammu - 180 006, India



Publication Data

Paper received:

24 February 2010


Revised received:

05 June 2010


Re-revised received:

07 August 2010


Re-re-revised received:

15 September 2010



24 September 2010




A pot culture experiment was conducted to study the effect of untreated distillery effluent on yield attributes of gobi sarson (Brassica napus. L. var. Punjabi Special) at different effluent concentrations. The effluent showed unpleasant odour, acidic pH, high COD and high chlorides. Five concentrations of the distillery effluent (20, 40, 60, 80 and 100%) were used for irrigation of B. napus plants with tap water as control. Various characteristics of siliqua (number of siliqua, average siliqua length, weight of siliqua) and seeds (number of seeds, weight of hundred seeds, economic yield) were quantified to check the variations in the yield attributes of effluent irrigated test plant. Overall, 20% distillery effluent was found to be most effective for highest number and better quality of? siliqua (62.0 siliqua plant-1; weight of ten siliqua 1.21 g) and seeds (836.3 seeds plant-1; weight of 100 seeds 0.39 g), and increased yield (economic yield 2.85 g plant-1; stover yield 7.85 g plant-1) of the test plant.


Key words

Distillery effluent, Plant, Yield, Brassica napus


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