Changes in Growth, Morphology and Photosynthetic Attributes by Drought in Bitter Gourd (Momordica charantia L.)

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Water is one of the major limiting abiotic factor which is important for plant growth and other processes. Water stress is a major environmental stress that effects agriculture production worldwide. This experiment was designed to evaluate the water stress (drought) effect on bitter gourd. Experiment was conducted at University of Gujrat, Pakistan during 2015. There were four levels of drought including control i.e. 0, 25, 50, 75% drought. Experiment was laid down in completely randomized design (CRD) with three replications. It was observed that most of the morphological and photosynthetic attributes decreased with the increase in drought levels. Maximum reduction was noted at 75% of drought. It was concluded that bitter gourd can tolerate drought upto 25% which have non significant reduction as compared to control.

Authors: 
Ayesha Shahbaz
Authors: 
Khalid Hussain
Authors: 
Muhmmad Qasim Abbas
Authors: 
Khalid Nawaz
Authors: 
Abdul Majeed
Authors: 
Syeda Maryam Batool
Publisher: 
Botany Research International
Year: 
2,015