American Journal of Applied Sciences

Eucalyptus Gomphocephala: Morphological Characterization and Seed Germination under Influence of Contaminated Soil

Ouled Seghaier Wided, Abbes Chaabane and Hasnaoui Brahim

DOI : 10.3844/ajassp.2017.623.631

American Journal of Applied Sciences

Volume 14, Issue 6

Pages 623-631

Abstract

To study the impact of soil pollution on plant growth, our work focused on soil polluted by heavy metals. This soil was taken from the municipal landfill of Jendouba (North of Tunisia). We have undertaken to study the morphological behavior of a forest specie “Eucalyptus gomphocephala”. Two treatments are chosen (substrate containing 100% and 50% of soil taken from municipal solid waste of Jendouba) compared to a control (pilot soil). Morphological Parameters (stem height, root length, leaf area, the ratio of the stem/root and biomass) was measured. The plants grown on substrates based on an S1 (100% soil taken from municipal waste) and S2 (50%), exhibit morphological appreciable contribution to the control soil.

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© 2017 Ouled Seghaier Wided, Abbes Chaabane and Hasnaoui Brahim. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.