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Comparison of the effects of bioactive compounds and hydration treatments on germination and cell cycle activity of sugar-beet seeds

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Seeds of two sugar-beet cultivars, differing in vigour, were exposed to hydration in water and soaking in two bioactive compounds. Cell cycle activity and laboratory germination capacity were determined under standard conditions after four and seven days. Two parameters were used to estimate vigour of the seeds: seedling length vigour index (percentage of seeds with radicle/hypocotyl axis over 15 mm long after 96 hours at 20°C) and germination capacity after six days at 10°C. The G2/G1 ratio increased in all samples after hydration treatment and, in some cases, after bioactive compound treatment. These treatments also improved vigour of the seeds; however, application of bioactive compounds did not result in any advantage over hydration in water.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2004

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