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ISSN: 2320-964X (Online) 

ISSN: 2320-7817  (Print)

Type - Quarterly 



Original Article

Year 2013 |  Vol. 1 | Issue 1 | Page Nos. 75-78


Response of Withania somnifera, (L.) Dunal. to Soils from different locations in Satara district w.r.t Germination and Vegetative Growth


R. S. Bhosale1* and A. D. More2


1Department of Botany, A.C.S College, Narayangaon, Junnar, Pune,

2Department of Botany, Fergusson College, Pune.

* Corresponding author : Bhosale R.S., Department of Botany, A.C.S College, Narayangaon, Junnar, Pune,

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Withania somnifera, Dunal. belongs to family Solanaceae. It is also known as Ashwagandha or Indian Genseng. Withanolides are constituents of roots of Ashwagandha. Withanolide is the major constituent with appreciable quantity of Withanone and traces of Withaferin-A. In Ayurvedic literature, is a “Rasayana” or rejuvenating drug and hence also traditionally known as Avarada which suggests the application of this plant for enhancing longevity. The seeds of Withania somnifera, Dunal. var somnifera were selected and used for following investigations. 
Different locations from Junnar taluka showed different response to germination and vegetative growth. From present investigation it can be concluded that soil with alkaline properties was more efficient for germination and growth of Withania somnifera, Dunal. than acidic soil.


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