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Open Access Evaluation of organic priming to improve the emergence performance of domesticated Capsicum species

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Domesticated pepper species are important for breeders in that they can provide higher yields, improved fruit quality, resistance to abiotic and biotic stress, and heartier rootstocks. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of organic priming on germination and seedling emergence of five domesticated Capsicum species. The seeds of all pepper species were sown in Petri dishes for germination testing and peat moss for emergence testing. Seeds were primed at 25°C for 24 hours before sowing for emergence testing. The Capsicum species had different germination and emergence percentages, while other traits did not vary. Primed seeds produced larger seedlings with greater fresh and dry weight for all species. It can be concluded that priming may be used to enhance pepper seedling performance, especially for Capsicum chinense (cv. Habanero) which showed lower emergence.

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Keywords: GERMINATION; MARIGOLD; ORGANIC PRIMING; PEPPER; SEED TREATMENT; SEEDLING QUALITY; VIGOUR INDEX

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2018

This article was made available online on February 26, 2018 as a Fast Track article with title: "Evaluation of organic priming to improve the emergence performance of domesticated Capsicum species".

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