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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 6, Issue:10, October, 2017

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2017.6(10): 3629-3653

Effect of Heavy Metals on Biochemical Profile of Azolla filiculoides
Moni Anand1, Baidyanath Kumar2* and Rimjhim Sheel3
1College of Commerce, Arts and Science (MU), Patna, India
2Department of Biotechnology, Patna science College (PU), Patna, India
3Department of Botany, Ganga Devi Mahila College (MU), Patna, India
*Corresponding author

The species of Azolla (Water fern) are small, delicate, moss- like plants with fragile rhizomes covered by crowded overlapping leaves. They are highly productive plants that double their biomass in 3–10 days. They form an endo symbiotic relationship with the diazotrophic cyanobacterium Anabaena azollae, which fixes atmospheric nitrogen, giving the plant access to the essential nutrient. They seem to be an excellent candidate for removal, disposal, and recovery of heavy metals from the polluted aquatic ecosystems. In the present investigation the effect of four different heavy metals viz. Lead, Cadmium, Mercury and Zinc on the biochemical profile of Azolla filiculoides was studied. It was observed that the heavy metals viz. Pb, Cd, Hg and Zn greatly influenced the total sugar and protein contents of Azolla filiculoides. However, the biochemical profile of A. filiculoides depended upon the nature and concentration of heavy metals. All the four heavy metals caused a great reduction in soluble sugar, reducing sugar, amylolytic activity, α amylase activity, total nitrogen content, protein content and increased free amino acids.

Keywords: Azolla filiculoides, Heavy metals, Phytoremediation, Biochemical profile.

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Moni Anand, Baidyanath Kumar and Rimjhim Sheel. 2017. Effect of Heavy Metals on Biochemical Profile of Azolla filiculoides.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 6(10): 3629-3653. doi:
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