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When breaking seed dormancy is a problem, try a move-along experiment

Abstract:

The move-along experiment is a double germination phenology study that is easy to use, does not require large numbers of seeds, and allows one to determine if summer only, winter only, or a summer-winter sequence of temperatures is required for dormancy break in seeds with water-permeable seed (or fruit) coats. Two temperature profiles (simulating 1-y cycles proceeding from winter to winter or summer to summer) and control treatments (seeds kept continuously at each temperature regime) are run concurrently.
For most species, the combination of dormancy-breaking temperatures required for germination can be determined in 1 y with this technique.

Issue & Pages:

Spring 2003 Pages: 17-21

Article Download:

4-1NPJ17-21.pdf (PDF document)

Authors:

  • Carol C Baskin
  • Jerry M Baskin

Keywords:

seed germination, cold stratification

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