Combination of Salinity and Sodicity Levels Facilitates Screening of Medicinal Crop Linseed (Linum Usitatissium)

  • Muhammad Arshad Ullah
  • Muhammad Rasheed
  • Imdad Ali Mahmood


Salts lessen germination, delay emergence, and retard seedling growth of linseed (Linum usitatissimum L.). In this research experiment, we designed to find out the effects of (4 dSm-1+ 13.5 (mmol L-1)1/2, 5 dSm-1 + 25 (mmol L-1)1/2 , 5 dSm-1 + 30 (mmol L-1)1/2,10 dSm-1 + 25 (mmol L-1)1/2 and 10 dSm-1 + 30 (mmol L-1)1/2) on biomass yield of linseed to screen against salinity tolerance using biomass yield characteristic. Highest biomass yield (45.53 gpot-1) was attained by 4 dSm-1+ 13.5 (mmol L-1)1/2 treatment. Biomass yield was decreased as well as the toxicity of salts was increased. Lowest biomass yield (27.75 gpot-1) was produced at 10 dSm-1 + 30 (mmol L-1)1/2. 5 dSm-1 + 25 (mmol L-1)1/2 treatment performed better results i.e. the least reduction % over control (20.25). Salinity- sodicity showed serious effect on the growth reduction from 20.25% to39.05%. This reduction gap was affected by the negative effect of salinity and sodicity on Linseed growth.Salinity- sodicity showed severe impact on the growth reduction from 20.25 to39.05%. Based on the findings, linseed (Linum usitatissimum L.) was able to grow the highest at 4 dSm-1+ 13.5 (mmol L-1)1/2 treatment.Keywords: Linum usitatissimum, saline-sodic, medicinal value and biomass yield