EVALUATION OF MAIZE AND SORGHUM GENOTYPES UNDER DROUGHT, DRAINAGE AND BIOGAS WASTE WATER APPLICATIONS
Keywords:sorghum, maize genotypes, salt, drought, stress conditions
Maize and Sorghum crops have been cultivated for thousands of years for overcoming the increasing demand for food, especially in Asia and Africa. Sorghum and maize are stress-sensitive crops because they can’t tolerate drought or salinity stress. The aim of the study was to investigate the impact of different stress conditions on maize and sorghum varieties. The research study was carried out with the possible involvement of biogas wastewater and drainage wastewater for investigation of their impacts on plant growth and development. Seeds of maize and sorghum varieties were subjected to different osmotic levels in order to compare the effects of drought, wastewater, and biogas wastewater effects. The results showed that maize was more susceptible to drought stress than sorghum. The applications of biogas wastewater induce stress tolerance in maize and sorghum seedlings to improve seedling growth and development. It was concluded that the use of biogas wastewater in field crop conditions of maize and sorghum may be helpful to improve crop production.
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