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An attempt has been made to evaluate the effect of abiotic constraints (drought and temperature) on the growth of rhizobia isolated from clusterbean grown in semiarid regions of Haryana with a view to screen out stress tolerant rhizobial isolates. A total of 158 rhizobial isolates have been used for screening their stress tolerating ability with contrast to environmental abiotic soil conditions commonly prevailing in semi-arid regions of Haryana. All the isolates were phenotypically and biochemically characterized. Growth of pure rhizobial isolates on Yeast Extract Mannitol Agar (YEMA) medium having variable range of temperature (30, 35, 40 and 45) and different concentrations of PEG (0, 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 %) were recorded at 420 nm using UV-VIS spectrophotometer after incubation at 30â—¦C for five days. On the basis of comparison of growth under varied stress conditions, fifty four rhizobial isolates from combined (temperature as well as drought) stress study were screened out. The stress tolerant traits of these rhizobia are of potential value from the point of view of biofertilization of legume seedlings during a forestation of degraded areas in semi-arid tropics of Haryana.