Response of two Sorghum Genotypes to Soil Lime and Sodium Chloride Amendments

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Salinity affects plants by interaction between sodium (Na) and calcium (Ca). Two sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) genotypes (‘Hegari’ and ‘NB-9040’) were studied for the Na x Ca interaction in a soil amended with 2% calcium carbonate (CaCO3) and with 0, 12.3, 24.6, and 36.9 mmol sodium chloride (NaCl)/kg soil. The two genotypes were similar in their response to soil NaCl in their shoot and root growth but differed in response to lime. The salinity-tolerant Hegari was suppressed by high Ca concentration in the soil, mainly in the low-NaCl treatments, and responded by a lower concentration of potassium (K) and magnesium (Mg) in the leaves, which was associated with leaf-chlorosis. Since Na uptake was reduced by Ca, the main effect of salinity on plant growth was by the accumulation of chloride (Cl) in the leaves.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-395
Number of pages7
JournalCommunications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - 1 Mar 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Soil Science


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