Table of Contents
Journal of Botany
Volume 2014, Article ID 427648, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/427648
Research Article

Composted Rice Husk Improves the Growth and Biochemical Parameters of Sunflower Plants

1Department of Botany, Jinnah University for Women, Nazimabad, Karachi 74600, Pakistan
2Department of Biochemistry, University of Karachi, Karachi 75270, Pakistan

Received 29 July 2013; Revised 7 December 2013; Accepted 10 December 2013; Published 22 January 2014

Academic Editor: Tariq Mahmood

Copyright © 2014 Rabia Badar and Shamim A. Qureshi. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The present study investigated the effects of composted rice husk (5 and 26; 10 g/2 kg of soil/pot) on growth and biochemical parameters of sunflower plants at the 30th and 60th day of germination. Result showed significant improvement in growth and biochemical parameters of plants as compared to control plants treated with uncomposted organic fertilizer. However, the effects vary with the microbial treatments involved in the composting of rice husk like composted with T. hamatum (JUF1), bradyrhizobium sp-II (JUR2) alone, and JUF1 in combination with Rhizobium sp-I (JUR1) were found effective in improving the shoot and root lengths, total chlorophyll, carbohydrate, crude protein, and mineral (nitrogen and phosphorus) content of sunflower plants. It indicates that composted rice husk with improved total carbohydrate and protein contents may increase the soil fertility by improving its organic content.