African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6091

Full Length Research Paper

Seed germination of seeds preserved for about 20 years and that of seeds preserved for several years

Byung Hoon PARK
  • Byung Hoon PARK
  • Department of Companion Animal and Animal Resources Science, Joongbu University, 201 Daehangno, Chubu-myeon, Kumsan-gun, ChungcheongNam-do, 32715 Republic of Korea.
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Ji Hwan JEONG
  • Ji Hwan JEONG
  • Department of Companion Animal and Animal Resources Science, Joongbu University, 201 Daehangno, Chubu-myeon, Kumsan-gun, ChungcheongNam-do, 32715 Republic of Korea.
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Deok Joong KIM
  • Deok Joong KIM
  • Department of Companion Animal and Animal Resources Science, Joongbu University, 201 Daehangno, Chubu-myeon, Kumsan-gun, ChungcheongNam-do, 32715 Republic of Korea.
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Yoon Ho PARK
  • Yoon Ho PARK
  • Department of Companion Animal and Animal Resources Science, Joongbu University, 201 Daehangno, Chubu-myeon, Kumsan-gun, ChungcheongNam-do, 32715 Republic of Korea.
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Young Hoon CHO
  • Young Hoon CHO
  • Department of Companion Animal and Animal Resources Science, Joongbu University, 201 Daehangno, Chubu-myeon, Kumsan-gun, ChungcheongNam-do, 32715 Republic of Korea.
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Min Joo KANG
  • Min Joo KANG
  • Department of Companion Animal and Animal Resources Science, Joongbu University, 201 Daehangno, Chubu-myeon, Kumsan-gun, ChungcheongNam-do, 32715 Republic of Korea.
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Gang Yong KIM
  • Gang Yong KIM
  • Department of Companion Animal and Animal Resources Science, Joongbu University, 201 Daehangno, Chubu-myeon, Kumsan-gun, ChungcheongNam-do, 32715 Republic of Korea.
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Sun Ho JANG
  • Sun Ho JANG
  • Department of Companion Animal and Animal Resources Science, Joongbu University, 201 Daehangno, Chubu-myeon, Kumsan-gun, ChungcheongNam-do, 32715 Republic of Korea.
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Dong Hyan JUNG
  • Dong Hyan JUNG
  • Department of Companion Animal and Animal Resources Science, Joongbu University, 201 Daehangno, Chubu-myeon, Kumsan-gun, ChungcheongNam-do, 32715 Republic of Korea.
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Hee Soo CHO
  • Hee Soo CHO
  • Department of Companion Animal and Animal Resources Science, Joongbu University, 201 Daehangno, Chubu-myeon, Kumsan-gun, ChungcheongNam-do, 32715 Republic of Korea.
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Jin Woo SON
  • Jin Woo SON
  • Department of Companion Animal and Animal Resources Science, Joongbu University, 201 Daehangno, Chubu-myeon, Kumsan-gun, ChungcheongNam-do, 32715 Republic of Korea.
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Hyun Sung KANG
  • Hyun Sung KANG
  • Department of Companion Animal and Animal Resources Science, Joongbu University, 201 Daehangno, Chubu-myeon, Kumsan-gun, ChungcheongNam-do, 32715 Republic of Korea.
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Min Sun KIM
  • Min Sun KIM
  • Department of Companion Animal and Animal Resources Science, Joongbu University, 201 Daehangno, Chubu-myeon, Kumsan-gun, ChungcheongNam-do, 32715 Republic of Korea.
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Jung Won LEE
  • Jung Won LEE
  • Department of Companion Animal and Animal Resources Science, Joongbu University, 201 Daehangno, Chubu-myeon, Kumsan-gun, ChungcheongNam-do, 32715 Republic of Korea.
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Sangdeog A. KIM
  • Sangdeog A. KIM
  • Department of Companion Animal and Animal Resources Science, Joongbu University, 201 Daehangno, Chubu-myeon, Kumsan-gun, ChungcheongNam-do, 32715 Republic of Korea.
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  •  Received: 23 October 2018
  •  Accepted: 07 February 2019
  •  Published: 21 February 2019

Abstract

From the herbage seeds, only alfalfa (Medicago sativa) showed about 3 - 5% germination ratio for 20 years old seeds. The results are consistent with that of Park and Kim (2009). No germination was observed from the other herbage species, but the decay of seeds were observed sometimes. However, the vegetable seeds preserved for several years showed high germination ratios. In conclusion, older seeds generally germinate a little, while alfalfa seeds continue to live for long time. In addition, new seeds generally germinate more, while, for example, young summer radish germinated a little.

Key words: Seed germination, Medicago sativa, genetic diversity, herbage seeds.