Skip to main content
padlock icon - secure page this page is secure

Sand priming improves alfalfa germination under high-salt concentration stress

Buy Article:

$35.00 + tax (Refund Policy)

Seeds of two alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) varieties, cv. Victoria and Golden Empress, were used to investigate the effects of sand priming on germination and physiological and biochemical changes under high-level salt concentration (0.8% NaCl) stress. Seeds were mixed with sand containing 4% (v/w) water, sealed in plastic box, and then were primed at 15°C for 48 h. The results showed that germination percentage was significantly higher than that of the unprimed seeds after sand priming. The priming treatment significantly enhanced the activities of catalase (CAT), peroxidase (POD), superoxide dismutase (SOD) and soluble sugar content and reduced the malondialdehyde (MDA) accumulation under the salt stress condition. The results suggested that sand priming was an effective method to enhance the ability of salt tolerance and to improve seed germination and seedling growth of alfalfa under high-salt concentration stress condition. This priming method seems to be possible to apply in alfalfa production in high saline soils in the future.
No Reference information available - sign in for access.
No Citation information available - sign in for access.
No Supplementary Data.
No Article Media
No Metrics

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2006

More about this publication?
  • Seed Science and Technology (SST) is one of the leading international journals featuring original papers and review articles on seed quality and physiology as related to seed production, harvest, processing, sampling, storage, distribution and testing. This widely recognised journal is designed to meet the needs of researchers, advisers and all those involved in the improvement and technical control of seed quality.
  • Editorial Board
  • Information for Authors
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Membership Information
  • Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more