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Open Access Effects of seed size, seed pod removal and temperature on seed germination of Onobrychis viciifolia

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Sainfoin (Onobrychis viciifolia) is a perennial leguminous forage crop used for hay production or grazing in the temperate regions of the world. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the effects of seed size and pod removal on sainfoin seed germination under different temperatures. Seed size (P < 0.001) and seed pod removal (P < 0.001) had significant effects on sainfoin seed germination. Final seed germination was 2.4, 91.6 and 81.0%, respectively, for three accessions, 'PI636518' (small seed size class), 'Shoshone' (medium seed size class) and 'Svkpiestt' (large seed size class). However, final seed germination was not different (P = 0.292) for large and small seed size classes selected from the same accession. Final germination percentage was not significantly different among the three alternating temperature regimes of 25/15°C, 20/10°C and 15/5°C. Final germination was increased by seed pod removal.
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Keywords: SAINFOIN; SEED POD; SEED SIZE; TEMPERATURE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2018

This article was made available online on February 19, 2018 as a Fast Track article with title: "Effects of seed size, seed pod removal and temperature on seed germination of Onobrychis viciifolia".

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