Plant Responses to Individual and Combined Effects of Abiotic Stresses: Lycium depressum L. Vegetative Parameters under Salinity and Drought

Document Type: Research and Full Length Article


1 Rangeland and Watershed Management Faculty, Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

2 Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources


Lycium depressum L. is the only native tree-like life-form species inhabited in saline and alkaline regions of Turkmen Sahra located at Golestan province in Northern Iran. During past years, efforts have been made to increase vegetation cover of the area by cultivation of L. depressum L. to reduce water and wind erosions and dust storm challenges; however, the cultivation of this species has not been quite successful. Regarding the importance role of L. depressum in the ecosystem, a greenhouse experiment was conducted in January 2018 with different levels of salinity and drought stresses. Salinity stress (control (4 dS/m), 14, 24, 34 and 44 dS/m) applying NaCl solution and drought stress (control (0), 0.25, 0.50, 0.75 and 1 MP) applying PEG 8000 as well as their combinations were conducted on plant cuttings (clones) using factorial experiment and Response Surface Method (RSM). Data were collected for leaf number (LN), root length (RL) and plant height (PH). Through the findings, it was concluded that drought stress had higher negative effect on plant function than salinity stress which dramatically reduced LN, RL and PH parameters (P