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Journal of Agronomy
  Year: 2007 | Volume: 6 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 152-156
DOI: 10.3923/ja.2007.152.156
 
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Seed Germination and Seedling Emergence of Spartium junceum L. In Response to Heat and Other Pre-Sowing Treatments

I.S. Travlos, G. Economou and A.J. Karamanos

Abstract:
Laboratory and greenhouse experiments were conducted in Greece, in order to investigate the germination behavior of untreated seeds and seeds subjected to several pretreatments and subsequent emergence of the seedlings. Germinability of untreated (control) seeds was relatively high (ca. 70%), indicating the presence of primary (coat-imposed) dormancy in a fraction of the seeds studied. Hot water immersion, dry heat, sulphuric acid treatment and water soak effectively relieved dormancy of the hardcoated portion of the seed population and consequently increased rate and final percentage of germination (92, 84, 80 and 78%, respectively). This positive effect of heat on seed germination followed by a massive and rapid seedling emergence might be used as a tool for the control of invasive Spartium populations.
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How to cite this article:

I.S. Travlos, G. Economou and A.J. Karamanos, 2007. Seed Germination and Seedling Emergence of Spartium junceum L. In Response to Heat and Other Pre-Sowing Treatments. Journal of Agronomy, 6: 152-156.

DOI: 10.3923/ja.2007.152.156

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=ja.2007.152.156

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