Studies on the Effect of Brassinosteroids on the Qualitative Changes in the Storage Roots of Radish

B. VIDYA VARDHINI1, E. SUJATHA1 and S. SEETA RAM RAO2
1 Telangana University, Department of Botany, Dichpally, Nizamabad 503322, India
2 Osmania University, Department of Botany, University College of Science, Hyderabad 500007, India

Abstract

VIDYA VARDHINI, B., E. SUJATHA and S. SEETA RAM RAO, 2012. Studies on the effect of brassinosteroids on the qualitative changes in the storage roots of radish. Bulg. J. Agric. Sci., 18: 63-69

The effect of 24-epibrassinolide and 28-homobrassinolide on the qualitative changes in the storage roots of radish was studied. Brassinosteroids stimulated the growth of radish roots. the root growth promotion was associ-ated with increased levels of reducing sugars, starch, soluble proteins and minerals like phosphorous, potassium, calcium, iron and sodium. Brassinosteroids also considerably increased the contents of vitamins i.e. ascorbic acid and niacin present in the roots indicating their ability to improve the quality of storage roots of radish.

Key words: Brassinosteroids; carbohydrates; minerals; proteins; root growth; storage roots; vitamins

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