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Notes: Imbibition, Desiccation, and Reimbibition Effects on Light Requirements for Germinating Southern Pine Seeds

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Slash (Pinus elliottii Engelm. var. elliottii) and loblolly (P. taeda L.) pine seeds were stratified, exposed to light, then placed in total darkness and air-dried to 30, 25, 20, 15, and 10 percent moisture. They were then reimbibed and half were germinated in continued darkness, the other half under light. When total germination, days to reach 90 percent of total, and germination values were assessed, only germination values for loblolly pine in the dark were affected by desiccation and reimbibition. Light during germination increased all three measurement parameters of both species. Forest Sci. 28:539-543.

Keywords: Slash pine; direct seeding; loblolly pine; seed covering

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Silviculturist, Alexandria Forestry Center, Southern Forest Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, Pineville, LA 71360

Publication date: September 1, 1982

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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
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