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Effects of Different Concentrations of Palm Oil Effluent (POME) on the Germination of Seed of Glycine max L. and Abelmoschus esculentus L.
N.H. Ifediora* and L. N. Awazie
Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria   
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The study was carried out to evaluate the effect of palm oil mill effluent (POME) on seed germination percentages of Glycine max (soya bean) and Abelmoschus esculentus (okro). The seeds were raised in Petri dishes, irrigated with different concentrations of POME (25%, 50%, 75% and 100%) and Petri dishes containing distilled water served as the control. Each treatment was replicated three times including the control with ten seeds planted in each Petri dish. The seeds were allowed for five days to germinate. At low concentration 25% of POME, the seeds of Glycine max, and Abelmoscus esculentus showed highest tolerance. Glycine max showed the highest tolerance to the pollutant (POME) with maximum germination percentage of 93.33% at the treatment level of 25% and 80.00% at control while Abelmoscus esculentus had 40.00% at control and 25%. The germination percentage of both seeds at 50%, 75%, and 100% concentration of POME were low when compared to the seeds grown in 25% concentration of POME and control.  This experiment showed that low concentrations of POME had low inhibitory effects on the germination percentages of Glycine max and Abelmoscus esculentus while high concentrations of POME showed increased inhibitory effects on the germination percentages of both seeds.

Keywords: Abelmoscus esculentus,Germination percentage,Glycine max,Palm oil mill effluent,Tolerance
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Ifediora, N. H., Awazie, L. N., 2016. Effects of different concentrations of palm oil effluent (POME) on the germination of seed of Glycine max L. and Abelmoschus esculentus L.Int.J.Curr.Res.Biosci.Plantbiol. 3(4): 15-19. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.20546/ijcrbp.2016.304.003