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Journal of Plant Sciences
Year: 2006  |  Volume: 1  |  Issue: 4  |  Page No.: 356 - 361

Effect of Hydroxylamine on the Germination and Growth of Sesame (Sesamum indicum)

A.A. Aliero    

Abstract: Sesamum indicum is a plant of repute, nutritionally and medicinally worldwide. In an effort to improve the cultivation of local cultivar of this plant, the effect of hydroxylamine (HA) on its seed germination, vegetative and yield components were investigated. Germination was found to be influenced significantly by soaking the seeds in varied concentrations of HA. The untreated seeds were used as a control. The germination percentage was found to be dose dependent. Plant height increased at low concentration and decreases by increasing HA concentration in M1. The number of leaves were markedly influenced by HA treatment and 0.09% was found to be optimum for leaves production in this study. The pattern of growth in the M2 generation appears to be retrogressive as the level of variation was found to be insignificant except in the numbers of leaves and capsules. Treating the seeds of S. indicum with hydroxylamine increased the germination and seedling development. None of the treatment induces chlorophyll deficient mutants.

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