Enhancing crop resilience through thiamine: implications for sustainable agriculture in drought-stressed radish


  • Rubab IQBAL University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Department of Botany, 3800, Punjab (PK)
  • Muhammad SHAHBAZ University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Department of Botany, 3800, Punjab (PK)
  • Muhammad Z. MANSHA University of Layyah, College of Agriculture, Department of Plant Pathology, Layyah, 31200, Punjab (PK)
  • Kamran IKRAM Khawaja Fareed University of Engineering and Information Technology, Department of Agricultural Engineering, Rahim Yar Khan, 64200 (PK)
  • Imran KHALID The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, Department of Agriculture Extension Education, 63100 (PK)
  • Usman TARIQ Govt. College University Faisalabad, Department of Botany, Layyah Campus, Layyah, 31200, Punjab (PK)
  • Manzer. H. SIDDIQUI King Saud University, College of Science, Department of Botany and Microbiology, Riyadh-11451 (SA)
  • Abdel-Rhman Z. GAAFAR King Saud University, College of Science, Department of Botany and Microbiology, Riyadh-11451 (SA)
  • Mohamed S. HODHOD October University for Modern Sciences & Arts, Faculty of Biotechnology, 6th October City, 12566 (EG)
  • Kamran ASHRAF East China University of Science and Technology, State Key Laboratory of Bioreactor Engineering, Shanghai 200237 (CN)
  • Qamar uz ZAMAN The University of Lahore, Department of Environmental Sciences, Lahore, 54590 (PK)




Antioxidants potential, drought stress, foliar, growth, osmoprotectants, radish


During 21st century, abiotic stress has adversely affected the agriculture crop production around the globe. Keeping in view the food requirement under water shortage condition, a study was planned to investigate the effect of thiamine application on radish crop under drought stress conditions on plant. For study purpose, two varieties of locally available radish (‘Early-Milo’ and ‘Laal-Pari’) were grown with normal water application as well as thiamine (100 mg L-1) application while maintaining a stress condition (60% field capacity). Increasing water deficit stress linearly reduced plant growth, yield and biomass in both varieties by reducing water use efficiency, while significantly enhanced these attributes with thiamine application. Thiamine application under drought stress exerted significant impacts on physiological attributes in both varieties, including enhanced osmolytic attribute in drought conditions and improvements in superoxide dismutase (SOD), peroxidase (POD), catalase (CAT), H2O2, and malondialdehyde (MDA) activities in plant leaves. Antioxidant and osmoprotectant upregulation positively linked to radish crop's drought tolerance. Moreover, PCA and heatmap analysis revealed a significant interdependence among various traits and interconnected in determining the crop's capacity to sustain growth under conditions of drought stress. In crux, thiamine application conclusively enhances radish growth, yield, biomass, physio-chemical and osmolytic attributes, ionic composition and enzymatic antioxidant potential. Therefore, it is recommended to consider the application of thiamine in commercial agriculture practices to mitigate the negative effects of drought stress on radish crop production.


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How to Cite

IQBAL, R., SHAHBAZ, M., MANSHA, M. Z., IKRAM, K., KHALID, I., TARIQ, U., SIDDIQUI, M. H., GAAFAR, A.-R. Z., HODHOD, M. S., ASHRAF, K., & uz ZAMAN , Q. (2024). Enhancing crop resilience through thiamine: implications for sustainable agriculture in drought-stressed radish. Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca, 52(1), 13472. https://doi.org/10.15835/nbha52113472



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