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Volume :31 Issue : 1 2004      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Effect of bioremediated soil on growth of different plant species

Auther : HANI AL-ZALZALEH AND GHULAM SHABBIR

Aridland Agriculture and Greenery Department, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research,P.O. Box 24885, Safat 13109,Kuwait

 ABSTRACT

 The bio-soil park at Ahmadi was established to assess the suitability of bio-remediated soil for greenery landscape planting in Kuwait. Two parallel experimental plots were made using bio-remediated and agricultural soil. The growth of four grass species (Cynodon dactylon, Paspalum vaginatum, Pennesetum rubra, and Zoysia tenuifolia) and five ground cover species (Carissa grandiflora, Gazania uniflora, Ipomea palmata, Rosemarinus spp. and Wedelia trilobata) in bio-remediated soil was compared with agricultural soil. The experiment was conducted using split-plot technique in triplicate randomized complete block design (RCBD). Periodic plant samples were collected and prepared for statistical analyses. The growth was determined on the basis of above ground biomass production of the plant species. It was concluded that the two soil types were similar in their effect on plant growth, as all the plant species showed non-significant growth differences. It is therefore concluded that bioremediated soil may successfully be utilized for greenery development programs.

Keywords: Agricultural, biomass, bioremediated, greenery, landscape.

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