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Effect of Seed Invigoration Techniques on Germination and Seedling Growth of Chinese Sweet Sorghum


Muhammad Aamir Iqbal, Abdul Manan Saleem, Bilal Ahmad

1Department of Agronomy, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Agriculture Faisalabad-38040, Pakistan
2Institute of Horticultural Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Agriculture Faisalabad-38040, Pakistan


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Muhammad Aamir Iqbal,
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Received: November 15, 2014,   Accepted: December 26, 2014,   Published:


Abstract:

To assess the comparative efficacy of different priming techniques on the germination and growth of Chinese sweet sorghum, a laboratory trial was conducted at Department of Agronomy, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan, during 2013. The experiment was laid in completely randomized design (CRD) and was replicated thrice. The treatments included control treatment (T1) with no seed priming, seed priming with 1% KNO3 for 12 hours (T2), seed priming with 1% CaCl2 for 12 hours (T3), seed priming with 5% moringa leaf extract for 12 hours (T4), 10% moringa leaf extract for 12 hours (T5) and 15% moringa leaf extract for 12 hours (T6) and hydro-priming with distilled water for 12 hours (T7). The results showed that seed priming with 5% moringa leaf extract for 12 hours (T4) was the best seed priming technique as it gave the maximum final germination percentage and the minimum time for 50% germination as well as mean emergence time. This treatment also gave significantly the highest number of roots and leaves along with root and shoots length. Thus seed priming with 5% moringa leaf extract has the potential to give the highest germination as well as seedling growth and development.


Keywords: Forage and fodders, Hydro-priming, Moringa leaf extract, Salt-priming, Seed priming


Citation:

Muhammad Aamir Iqbal. et all.. (2014) Effect of Seed Invigoration Techniques on Germination and Seedling Growth of Chinese Sweet Sorghum. J. of Advanced Botany and Zoology, V2I2. DOI: 10.15297/JABZ.V2I2.04


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© 2014 Muhammad Aamir Iqbal. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


      
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