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Twenty strains of Pseudomonas fluorescens were evaluated for their potential in promoting plant growth and in the control of late leaf spot caused by Cercosporidium personatum in groundnut under greenhouse conditions. Seed treatment with P. fluorescens strain Pf1 recorded the highest germination percentage and the maximum plant height. Seed treatment with P. fluorescens Pf1 significantly controlled late leaf spot disease of groundnut and increased the pod yield. When the treated seeds were sown in soil, the antagonist colonized well in the groundnut rhizosphere. P. fluorescens Pf1 showed the maximum production of indole acetic acid in in vitro.

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Changes in activities of phenylalanine ammonia-lyase,chitinase,ß-1,3-glucanase and phenolic content in rice leaves were measured at different times after treatment of leaves with Pseudomonas fluorescens strain Pf1.When rice leaves were sprayed with P.fluorescens,substantial increase in the phenylalanine ammonia-lyase activity was observed 1 day after treatment.Following increase of the first enzyme of the phenylpropanoid pathway,phenolic content of rice leaves also increased to a maximum at 4 days after P.fluorescens treatment.Chitinase activity increased in rice leaves in response to application of P.fluorescens and the maximum enzyme activity was observed 3 days after treatment.ß-1,3-Glucanase activity also increased significantly from 1 day after P.fluorescens treatment and continued to increase through 7 days.A five-fold increase in glucanase activity was observed 7 days after P.fluorescens treatment.

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In the environs of uranium mining, milling and processing facilities and in the uranium mineralized terrain, a little higher ambient radon concentration and gamma radiation level may be expected in comparison with natural background. The present study gives a brief account of atmospheric radon concentration, gamma absorbed dose rate and radiation dose received by the members of public in the vicinity of Narwapahar uranium mine. The ambient radon concentration in the air in the study area was found to vary from 5 to 107 Bq m−3 with geometric mean of 24 Bq m−3 and geometric standard deviation of 1.74 Bq m−3. The measured gamma absorbed dose rate in air at 1 m above the ground ranged from 87 to 220 nGy h−1 with an overall arithmetic mean of 128 ± 18.5 nGy h−1. The mean annual effective dose received by the members of public from inhalation of radon and its progeny and external gamma exposure was estimated to be 0.32 mSv year−1, which is comparable to other reported values elsewhere.

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Cereal Research Communications
Authors: S. Sareen, R. Munjal, N. Singh, B. Singh, R. Verma, B. Meena, J. Shoran, A. Sarial, and S. Singh

Terminal heat, which is referred as increase in temperature during grain filling, is one of the important stress factors for wheat production. Current estimates indicate that wheat crop grown on around 13.5mha in India is affected by heat stress. In order to meet the challenges of high temperature ahead of global warming, concerted efforts are needed to evaluate germplasm for heat tolerance and identify and develop genotypes suitable for such stressed environments. The advanced wheat genotypes developed for stress and normal environments by different research centers were evaluated across 7 locations representing varied agroclimatic zones during 2007–08 and 2008–09 to study their adaptability for heat stress and non-stress environments. The additive main effects and multiplicative interaction analysis for G × E interactions revealed differences amongst locations to phenology and grain yield. Genotype RAJ 4083 developed for cultivation under late sown conditions in peninsular zone was also found adaptable to timely sown conditions. Similarly, HD 2733 a cultivar of NEPZ timely sown conditions and PBW 574 an advanced breeding line of NWPZ late sown conditions was found adapted to Peninsular zone. The cultivar RAJ 3765 showed specific adaptability to Pantnagar in NWPZ. Genotype NW 3069 developed for NEPZ timely sown conditions have shown adaptability to number of locations; timely sown conditions at Karnal and Hisar in NWPZ and Niphad in PZ. Likewise, WH 1022 developed for NEPZ late sown conditions exhibited specific adaptability to all timely sown locations in NWPZ.

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In this study, six commercial cherry tomato cultivars were analysed for variations in biochemical and technological parameters. Significant differences were observed among cultivars with respect to their technological and functional quality attributes. About 2.48-fold variation in titratable acidity, 2.47-fold variation in total phenolics, 4.13-fold variation in total carotenoid and 7.68-fold variation in lycopene contents were recorded. The total antioxidant activity and respiration rate were also found to vary about 1.85-fold and 1.48-fold, respectively. The highest antioxidant activity and total phenolic content were found in the Cherry tomato hybrid no.1 followed by Pusa cherry tomato-1. Hierarchical cluster analysis revealed that Cherry tomato hybrid no. 1, Pusa cherry tomato-1, and Nagmoti cultivars were abundantly rich in phytochemical and bioactive compounds.

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