An experiment was conducted to study the effect of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) on the growth, dry matter production and physiochemical parameters in a chickpea cultivar (JW-14) under salinity stress. The PGPR- Pseudomonas aeruginosa (strain 2CpS1) was applied through seed treatment. Seed treatment was observed to affect growth significantly by increasing the plant height, root length, leaf area, total dry matter, total chlorophyll content, relative water content under both normal and salinity conditions with respect to control. A significant decline in the cell membrane injury (%) was recorded under both normal and salinity treatments, when treated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa (strain 2CpS1), with respect to control.
Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salinity, Cell membrane injury, Chickpea.
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