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Article Number - 35D8ADC2300


Vol.2(1), pp. 005-011 , January 2008

ISSN: 1996-0824



Full Length Research Paper

Effect of pre-sowing, temperature and light on the seed germination of Arnebia benthamii (Wall. ex G. Don): An endangered medicinal plant of Central Himalaya, India


L.S. Kandari1, K.S. Rao2, R.K. Maikhuri3* and Kusum Chauhan3




 

1Indian Institute of Forest Management, P. O. Box # 357, Bhopal, 462 003, Madhya Pradesh, India.

2Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of Mountain and Hill Environment, Academic Research Centre, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007, India.

3G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, P. O. Box # 92 Srinagar

(Garhwal), Uttarakhand, India.


Email: rkmaikhuri@rediffmail.com






 Accepted: 14 December 2007  Published: 31 January 2008

Copyright © 2008 Author(s) retain the copyright of this article.
This article is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0


 

Arnebia benthamii is under intensive utilization because of its wide use as medicinal and aromatic plant resource. Self-propagation of this species is by both seed and vegetative propagation. In an effort to improve and promote the cultivation of this over-exploited medicinal herb, the effect of temperature and light on the germination of seeds was investigated with various presowing treatments of water and GA3. Germination was found to be temperature and light dependent. Though the seed viability was 82% as determined by tetrazolium staining, maximum germination of 100% was obtained only when the seed was soaked in 100 ppm GA3 solution for 24 h and incubated for germination at 25oC constant temperatures in 12 h light conditions. Barring this treatment all other presowing treatments, incubation temperatures and photoperiod treatments showed less germination. Mean germination time (MGT) was lowest at 25oC both in light and continuous dark conditions. The present study indicates that constant 20oC temperature incubation and light have a positive relationship with seed germination of the species even under no pretreatments. All the treatments at 25oC and presoaking in 100 ppm GA3 and incubation at 15 and 25oC seems to be effective treatments and could be easily adopted by the potential farmers for economic cultivation of this species.

 

Key words: Arnebia benthamii, seed germination, pre-soaking treatments, Himalaya, medicinal, aromatic plants.


APA (2008). Effect of pre-sowing, temperature and light on the seed germination of Arnebia benthamii (Wall. ex G. Don): An endangered medicinal plant of Central Himalaya, India. African Journal of Plant Science, 2(1), 005-011.
Chicago L.S. Kandari, K.S. Rao, R.K. Maikhuri and Kusum Chauhan. "Effect of pre-sowing, temperature and light on the seed germination of Arnebia benthamii (Wall. ex G. Don): An endangered medicinal plant of Central Himalaya, India." African Journal of Plant Science 2, no. 1 (2008): 005-011.
MLA L.S. K, et al. "Effect of pre-sowing, temperature and light on the seed germination of Arnebia benthamii (Wall. ex G. Don): An endangered medicinal plant of Central Himalaya, India." African Journal of Plant Science 2.1 (2008): 005-011.
   
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