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Two local faba bean varieties (Va and Vb) were evaluated for salt tolerance under different salinity treatments ie EC3, EC6, EC9, EC12, EC15, EC18 and EC25 (dS/m) along with control (EC0) in present study. Seed germination and early seedling growth & biomass characteristics (plumule, radical and total seedling length, fresh and dry weight of seedlings), seedling vigor (SV) and salinity stress index (Tsegay and Gebreslassie) were measured. The result showed that all the traits decreased gradually with increase in salinity in both varieties with significant variations but this decrease was less in variety V (a) than variety V (b). Seed germination was less affected than the seedling growth characteristics. Less reduction in radical length than the plumule length showed greater adaptations of the plants under saline environment. Performance of V (a) was found to be more significant in comparison to V (b) even at high salinity. Therefore, present study suggests that V (a) is more resistant towards salinity. This can be used to study salinity tolerance mechanisms and pathways in more detail in legumes. Screening of large number of crop genotypes salt tolerance may also provide promising source for breeding program. Selected salt tolerant varieties can also be recommended for salinity prone areas as management strategy.

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