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Magnetic field treatment improves seed performance

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The influence of a low frequency magnetic field treatment on the germination of seeds of: spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L.), spring triticale (Triticosecale Wittm. ex A. Camus), soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.), maize (Zea mays L.) and sugar beet (Beta vulgaris convar. Crassa L.) were investigated. With the exception of sugarbeet, alternating magnetic field treatment did not influence germination and growth of seedlings from high quality seeds germinating at 20°. It did improve germination at 10°C for seeds of the stenothermal plants soybean and maize, but did not improve germination at 5°C for wheat and triticale. There was also an acceleration of germination by about 12% for soybean and 23% for maize at 10°C. A low frequency magnetic field (16 Hz) can be used as a method of post-harvest seed improvement for different plant species, especially for seeds of temperature sensitive species germinating at low temperatures.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2005

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