The Effect of Salinity on Rubinia tinctorum Root Pigments and their Relationship with Some Soil Chemical Characteristics

  • Hosein Razi Ardakani
  • Ali Mohammad Mirmohammadi Meibodi
  • Mohammad Hosein Hakimi Meibodi
  • Fatemeh Mirjalili
  • Mohammad Ali Hakimzadeh
Keywords: Pigment, Rubinia tinctorum, Salinity, Soil chemical characteristics


Rubinia tinctorum is a perennial herb plant. It is resistant to salinity and it has one of the strangest plant red
colors which are used in the dye industry especially in the carpet industry. The purpose of this study is to
investigate the effect of soil salinity on Rubinia tinctorum pigments, in the areas under cultivation of it. So, an
experiment was done on the basis of a completely randomized design with three replications. Soil
samples were taken from 6 regions under cultivation of Rubinia tinctorum in Yazd province. After
determining the electrical conductivity of soil samples, they were classified into three
groups of 4, 4-8, and 8-16 ds/m and the effect of salinity on desire parameters was investigated. Data
analysis was done using SPSS and Excel software. The results showed that the amount of wool brightness (L*)
decreased from 40 to 32.38 following soil salinity increase from the level of less than 4 to the level of 8-16
ds/m, but the amount of A* (redness and greenness) and B* (yellowness and blueness) parameters was
increased with increasing soil salinity (P<0.01). The results indicated that there is a positive correlation
between B* parameter and soil acidity so that B* parameter increases after increasing acidity (p<0.01). There
is a positive correlation between electrical conductivity and A* parameter while there is a negative correlation
between L* parameter and EC, Calcium and Magnesium, SAR (p<0.01). Totally, the quality of Rubinia
tinctorum color was increased with increasing soil salinity. So, progressing toward economic production of
this industrial and medicinal plant is possible by planting Rubinia tinctorum in saline soils which are
inappropriate for most plants.

How to Cite
Ardakani, H. R., Mirmohammadi Meibodi, A. M., Hakimi Meibodi, M. H., Mirjalili, F., & Hakimzadeh, M. A. (2015, December 31). The Effect of Salinity on Rubinia tinctorum Root Pigments and their Relationship with Some Soil Chemical Characteristics. EPH - International Journal of Biological & Pharmaceutical Science (ISSN: 2208-2166), 1(1), 42-51. Retrieved from