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Singapore Journal of Scientific Research
  Year: 2019 | Volume: 9 | Issue: 3 | Page No.: 100-104
DOI: 10.3923/sjsres.2019.100.104
 
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Effect of Sowing Media on the Germination of Pentaclethra macrophylla Benth Seeds

O. Chukwu , A.E. Ibe and M.A. Udekwe

Abstract:
Background and Objective: Germination refers to the process by which an organism grows from a seed or a spore. It is a critical stage in the life cycle of weeds and crop plants and often controls population dynamics, with major practical implications. The rate of germination and quality of seedlings is greatly affected by the sowing media. There is scarcity of information on the sowing medium that promotes the germination of Pentaclethra macrophylla seeds. This study was aimed at assessing the germination of Pentaclethra macrophylla seeds sown in different media namely, river bank sand, sawdust, topsoil and mixture of sawdust and topsoil. Materials and Methods: Seed germination count data collected were subjected to analysis of variance (ANOVA) and significant means were separated using Duncan multiple range test (DMRT). Results: The ANOVA result showed that the germination was significant at 5% probability level. Sawdust had the highest transformed germination percentage of 46.90±3.17, followed by sterilized river bank sand, topsoil and mixture of sawdust and topsoil produced lower germination of (21.78±2.44). The DMRT result showed no significant difference (p>0.05) between sawdust and sterilized river bank sand. Conclusion: The study therefore recommended the use of sawdust as sowing media for improved seed germination and enhanced production of Pentaclethra macrophylla.
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O. Chukwu, A.E. Ibe and M.A. Udekwe, 2019. Effect of Sowing Media on the Germination of Pentaclethra macrophylla Benth Seeds. Singapore Journal of Scientific Research, 9: 100-104.

DOI: 10.3923/sjsres.2019.100.104

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=sjsres.2019.100.104

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