Effect of Salinity Stress on Dry Matter Yield and Oxalate Content in Napiergrass (Pennisetum purpureum Schumach)

  • Rahman, M.M. (The United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences(University of Miyazaki), Kagoshima University) ;
  • Ishii, Y. (Faculty of Agriculture, University of Miyazaki) ;
  • Niimi, M. (Faculty of Agriculture, University of Miyazaki) ;
  • Kawamura, O. (Faculty of Agriculture, University of Miyazaki)
  • Received : 2008.04.22
  • Accepted : 2008.06.16
  • Published : 2008.11.01


Sodium is involved in elevation of oxalate content in some plant species and this element is abundant in saline soils. Oxalate causes precipitation of insoluble calcium oxalate in the rumen and kidneys. The intention of this study was to evaluate the effect of soil salinity stress on dry matter yield and oxalate content in pot-grown napiergrass (Pennisetum purpureum Schumach). Plants were cut three times at 56, 118 and 179 d after transplanting to the pots. Five salinity treatments were used containing various concentrations of NaCl solution as follows: 0, 100, 300, 600 and 900 mM. At 28, 42, 84, 98, 146 and 160 d after transplanting, plants were irrigated with one liter of the particular treatment for each application. Dry matter yield of napiergrass was not affected (p>0.05) by salinity treatments. Plants treated with 100 mM NaCl exhibited a higher soluble oxalate content compared to other treatments, but the differences were not statistically significant (p>0.05). Although salinity treatments had significant (p<0.05) effects on insoluble and total oxalate contents in plant tissue between the 100 and 900 mM NaCl treatments, the differences were too small to be considered biologically important. The present study indicates that where the soil is high in NaCl, napiergrass will tend to grow well and be low in oxalate.


Supported by : Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan


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