2017, VOLUME 4 ISSUE 3Pages: 461-467
Response of dust accumulation on roadside plant species due to open cast mining at Jhansi-Allahabad NH-76, Uttar Pradesh, India
Priyanka Singh and Amit Pal*
*Institute of Environment & Development Studies, Bundelkhand University, Jhansi-284128, India
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Deposition of dust on roadside plant and its impact on leaf i.e. leaf pigment concentration, the carotenoid and protein has been investigated on fifteen selected roadside plants species namely Ailanthus excelsa, Azadirachta indica, Butea monosperma, Calotropis procera, Cassia fistula, Datura metel, Ficus benghalensis, Ficus hispida, Ficus infectoria, Ficus religiosa, Holoptelea integrifolia, Millettia pinnata, Nerium oleander, Phoenix dactylifera and Psidium guajava respectively at Jhansi-Allahabad National Highway-76. The variation in terms of dust deposition with species specific result observed during the entire study. Declination of leaf pigment concentration, carotenoid content and protein content indicate the positive impact of dust pollution. Above findings may be helpful to find out some species which is resistant or to cope with open cast mining generated dust pollution in and around mining areas as well as beautification of adjacent highways. The maximum deposition was found in Ficus hispida followed by Calotropis procera, Butea monosperma, Ficus benghalensis, Ailanthus excelsa, Azadirachta indica.
Fig.: Dust deposition on leaves of selected plant species.