Water uptake, priming, drying and storage effects in Cassia excelsa Schrad seeds.

author Jeller H, Perez S C, Raizer J
his workplace 1Departamento de Botanica, Universidade Federal de S?o Carlos, C.P. 676, CEP 13565-905, S?o Carlos, SP, Brazil. dscp@power.ufscar.br
periodicalBrazilian journal of biology = Revista brasleira de biologia, 2003, Vol.63 (1), pp.61-8
sourcePubMed Journal
Original abstractThe aims of this study were to evaluate the effects of osmotic potential on the water uptake curve in Cassia excelsa seeds and use the results to analyze the effects of dehydration and storage on primed seed germination. Seeds were imbibed in distilled water and polyethylene glicol (PEG 6000) osmotic solutions at -0.2, -0.4, and -0.6 MPa, at 20 degrees C. The radicle emergence and seed moisture content were evaluated at 6-hour intervals during 240 hours. Afterwards, seeds were primed in distilled water and PEG 6000 solutions at -0.2, -0.4, and -0.6 MPa for 48, 72, 96, and 168 hours at 20 degrees C, followed by air drying and storage for 15 days at 5 degrees C. The lower the osmotic potential, the higher the time required for priming. The osmoconditioning yields benefits with PEG solutions at 0.0 and -0.2 MPa; seed improvements were maintained during storage for 15 days at 5 degrees C, but were reverted by seed drying.
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