Reproductive parameters as assessment tools for arsenic and chromium induced toxicity in Eudrilus eugeniae

DOI: 10.18805/IJARe.A-5009    | Article Id: A-5009 | Page : 676-680
Citation :- Reproductive parameters as assessment tools for arsenic and chromium induced toxicity in Eudrilus eugeniae.Indian Journal of Agricultural Research.2018.(52):676-680
Shefali, Jyoti Yadav and R.K. Gupta shefaligulliya@gmail.com
Address : Department of Zoology, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar- 125 004, India.
Submitted Date : 17-03-2018
Accepted Date : 2-10-2018


The present study of 28 days was carried out to assess the effect of arsenic and chromium on biomass gain and reproduction parameters (cocoon and hatchling production) of E. eugeniae. The worms were cultured in substrate having different concentrations of arsenic and chromium alongwith control in triplicates. Dose and time dependent decreased in number of adults, cocoon production and hatchling emergence and reduction in growth was observed. In worms exposed to Cr (0.1 ppm), reduction in population (24.66%), body weight (2.44%), cocoon production (47.14%) and hatchling emergence (39.99%) was observed. While As (0.1 ppm) exposure resulted in reduction of adult population (10.66%), body weight (0.24%), cocoon production (37.05%) and hatchling emergence (28.53%) was observed.  Cocoon production was observed to be the most sensitive parameter for heavy metal exposure in all treatments. Chromium was observed to be more detrimental to earthworms when compared with arsenic.


Cocoon E. eugeniae Growth Heavy metal Reproduction.


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