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Efficiency of selenium compounds in breaking dormancy of Townsville stylo seeds

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Selenium compounds break dormancy of seeds of Townsville stylo (Stylosanthes humilis) through the induction of ethylene production. This was supported by the fact that antiethylenic substances inhibited germination of Se-treated dormant seeds. Under these conditions germination was restored by ethylene-producing compounds. Efficacy of the compounds was monitored through an Efficiency Index (Ief ) which takes into account not only the maximal germination but also the optimal concentration responsible for eliciting the process. The most efficient compounds were SeCl4, SeO2 and Na2SeO3 and the least efficient were selenourea, H2SeO4 and selenomethionine. Although ethylene was required for dormancy breakage the compounds triggering the highest ethylene productions were not necessarily the same ones leading to the largest Ief (s). Hence it was concluded that the index is an overall integrating parameter, encompassing uptake of the compound, arrival to target cells and also post-ethylene biosynthesis effects.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2008

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