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Notes: Eastern Dwarf Mistletoe Seed Storage, Germination, and Inoculation of Spruce Seedlings

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Eastern dwarf mistletoe seed used for inoculation of Picea mariana and P. glauca had better germination (i.e., appearance of a red radicle) and radicle growth when stored at subfreezing temperatures (- 10°C vs. + 4°C) and high humidity for at least 10-12 weeks, and such seed remained viable for at least 40 weeks. Usually 25 percent or less of the seeds had radicle growth longer than 1 min. In greenhouse inoculations, most spruce seedlings (57 of 61) became infected if the radicle made contact with the stem. Forest Sci. 32:92-96.

Keywords: Arceuthobium pusillum; Picea glauca; Picea mariana

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Associate Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108

Publication date: March 1, 1986

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