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Effect of ultrasound technology on barley seed germination and vigour

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Ultrasound technology has been used to enhance the hydration process of grains and seeds, obtaining positive results. However, the effect of ultrasound treatment on seed quality parameters such as germination and vigour has not been sufficiently studied. This work investigated whether ultrasound technology affected the germination and vigour of four lots of barley seeds. It was demonstrated that ultrasound did not negatively affect germination and vigour and improved germination rate. Several possible explanations for this are given. Therefore, ultrasound technology can be used to enhance the hydration process without negatively affecting seed quality. However, further studies are required to determine the main cause (physical and/or physiological) of the germination rate enhancement. Finally, it is clear that ultrasound is a promising technology in the area of seed science.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2015

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  • 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.
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