Effect of pretreatments on seed germination rate of red clover (Trifolium pratense L.) populations


ÖNAL AŞCI Ö., ACAR Z., AYAN İ., BAŞARAN U. , Mut H.

AFRICAN JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH, vol.6, no.13, pp.3055-3060, 2011 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 6 Issue: 13
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Title of Journal : AFRICAN JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH
  • Page Numbers: pp.3055-3060

Abstract

The aim of the present study was to investigate effective methods in breaking the seed dormancy for red clover populations collected from Central-Black Sea Region of Turkey. To increase germination percentage of red clover, precooling, preheating, hot water, potassium nitrate and mechanical scarification were used. The results pointed out that there was a significant difference among the populations and treatments regarding germination rates. While average germination vigor of seeds was 29.4% in control treatments, it increased to 54.2% in mechanical scarification. Additionally preheating and precooling treatments were recommended.