Germination Potential of Chickpeas ( Cicer arietinum L.) Under Saline Conditions
ABSTRACT The effect of different levels (0, 8, 12, 16 ds m -1) of NaCl salinity has been investigated on the germination of chickpeas ( Cicer arietenum L.) seeds. Presence of salt in the germination medium showed a negative effect on all germination studied parameters. At highest salinity level reduction in germination percentage was 66.01%. Plumule length, fresh and dry weights of plumule also decreased under salt stress. As the salinity level increased all parameters showed gradual reduction. Length of radicle, fresh weight and dry weight of radicle also decreased under saline conditions. Variety C727 showed better results under saline conditions as compared to CM72.