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Germination of Aeschynomene Elaphroxylon (Guill. & Per.)Taub seeds under different dormancy breaking treatments and its storability

Author Affiliations

  • 1Central Ethiopia Environment and Forest Research Centre, Addis Abeba, P.O.Box24536 Code 1000, Ethiopia

Res. J. Agriculture & Forestry Sci., Volume 8, Issue (2), Pages 27-31, April,8 (2020)

Abstract

The objectives of this study paper are 1) to evaluate the potential of different seed dormancy breaking treatments in improving the germination of Aeschynomene elaphroxylon 2) to assess the seed longevity behavior of A. elaphroxylon. To achieve the objectives, seeds of the species were collected and their germination with different seed pre-sowing treatments such as; cold water treatment for 12 and 24 hours; and hot water treatments for 5, 10 and 15 minutes were assessed in a greenhouse. For the evaluation of seed longevity, the seeds stored for one year in a cold room and then their germination was evaluated. One- way ANOVA and t-test were used for the data analysis. Mean separation was performed using Fisher\'s least significance difference (LSD) test with a significance level of p=0.05. The result indicated significance differences in the mean germination index and mean germination time of the different seed dormancy breaking treatments (P<0.05). There was also a significance difference in the mean germination index of A. elaphroxylon seeds sown soon after collection and seeds sown after storing it for a year period of time (P<0.05). Overall, the findings indicated that, hot water treatment resulted in relatively higher germination index than the other seed dormancy breaking treatments. It is also found that the seed of the species has poor viability as the storage time increases.

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