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Seed dormancy and effect of salinity on germination of Citrullus colocynthis

Citrullus colocynthis has been garnering interest in recent times as a potential biodiesel feedstock crop due to its high seed oil content (up to 50 %).‎ There have been reports of seed dormancy in this crop, which can be a deterrent to its commercial cultivation.‎ In this study, different pre-treatment methods to break seed dormancy were compared.‎ Citrullus colocynthis is drought resistant, as established from the fact that it grows as a weed in arid and semi-arid lands.‎ The tolerance of this crop to different levels of salinity during germination in vitro was investigated.‎ An effective treatment to break seed dormancy was identified and locally collected germplasm was screened for salinity tolerance.‎

Authors: 
Menon, K, Jayakumar, A.‎ P, Shahid, M, Sood, N, Rao, N.‎ K
Year: 
۲۰۱٤
Publication type: 
Scientific Paper
Publication Source: 
International Journal of Environmental Science and Development
Volume/Chapter/Issue: 
۵
Page Number: 
۵٦٦-۵٦۸