Effect of phytohormones on the growth of Scenedesmus quadricauda (Turp.) Bréh

Ewa Tatkowska, Józef Buczek


Studies were made an the effect of indole-3-acetic acid (IAA), gibberellic acid (GA), kinetin (Kin), and various combinations of these substances upon dry matter increments, soluble protein content, and chlorophyll levels in the cultures of Scenedesmus quadricauda (Turp.) Bréb. It was found that all these phytohormones, added separately to the medium, stimulated dry matter increment and protein content, although their effect depended on the concentration and the duration of culture. Addition of various combinations of the substances under study into the medium resulted in a less pronounced increment of dry matter, whereas the content of soluble protein significantly increased. The results reflect positive reaction of Scenedesmus quadricauda to the addition of phytohormones into the medium. They also suggest some differences in the action of particular hormones.

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