African Journal of

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Biotechnol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1684-5315
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJB
  • Start Year: 2002
  • Published Articles: 12236

Full Length Research Paper

Effect of electric field (at different temperatures) on germination of chickpea seed

T. S. Mahajan
  • T. S. Mahajan
  • Department of Physics, GSS DGS Khalsa College, Patiala 147001, Punjab, India
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O. P. Pandey
  • O. P. Pandey
  • School of Physics and Materials Science, Thapar University, Patiala 147004, Punjab, India
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  •  Received: 05 October 2013
  •  Accepted: 27 November 2013
  •  Published: 01 January 2014


Chickpea (Cicer arietinum) seeds were exposed to electric field from zero to 1300 V for 15 min at three different temperatures (13, 16 and 19°C). It was found that the exposure of chickpea seeds to the electric field caused a change in water uptake capacity (and its coefficient) as compared to control. A new theoretical model for water uptake was developed and verified experimentally. Experiments were performed at three different temperatures. It was observed that temperature nullifies the effect of the electric field on seeds.  


Key words:  Cicer arietinum L. seeds, electric-field, water-uptake model, ferroelectric effect.