Effect of laser priming on canola yield and its components under salt stress
F. Shekari 2
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R. Fotovat 2
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Department of Agriculture, University of Zanjan, Zanjan, Iran
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Department of Agronomy and Plant Breeding, University of Zanjan, Zanjan, Iran
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Department of Physics, University of Zanjan, Zanjan, Iran
 
Int. Agrophys. 2012, 26(1): 45–51
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The effect of laser priming at different irradiation times on canola yield and its components under saline conditions were investigated. The results showed that laser priming had a positive
effect on yield and its components and caused yield increase under saline conditions. Increase in salt levels had a negative and significant effect on seed yield, number of seeds per pod, number of pod per plant, pod length and plant height. The results showed that 45-min laser priming had the strongest effect on yield and yield components and reduced significantly the adverse effects of salinity.By contrast, laser radiation applied for 60 and 75 min, resulted in a dramatic decrease in yield and its components. Correlation coefficients between the attributes showed that canola yield had a positive and significant correlation with plant height, number of seeds, pod per main branch and lateral branches, length of pod and number of lateral branches. Effects of laser and salinity were significant on lateral branch pod length but not on main branch pods.
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