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Xu-Wen Jiang, Cheng-Ran Zhang, Wei-Hua Wang, Guang-Hai Xu, and Hai-Yan Zhang

and suitable measures should be developed to enhance seed germination in saline soils and facilitate plant establishment. Seed priming is considered a critical and vital technique for enhancing stress tolerance through pretreatment with stimulating

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Warley M. Nascimento, Jairo V. Vieira, Giovani O. Silva, Kathleen R. Reitsma, and Daniel J. Cantliffe

Elballa, 1994 ; Corbineau et al., 1994 ; Nascimento and Pereira, 2007 ; Pereira et al., 2007 ; Vieira et al., 2005 ). However, high temperatures (35 to 40 °C) may also delay or inhibit carrot seed germination in the field and reduce uniformity and

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YanLing Zheng, GaoJuan Zhao, and HuanCheng Ma

the collected kapok fruit are the unsplit fruit. So far, the effects of storage on seed germination of light-brown seeds are not clear, and this is a disadvantage to the reforestation and restoration projects in the region. In the present study, the

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Yan-Ling Zheng and Wei-Bang Sun

and germination physiology have not yet been recorded. Seed germination is an intricate biochemical process involving a complex of morphological, physiological, and biochemical changes in the embryo. Failure to germinate when environmental conditions

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Qi Zhang, Kevin Rue, and Sheng Wang

. Studies found a substantial reduction in buffalograss seed germination and seedling growth at 50 mM NaCl ( Reid et al., 1993 ; Wu and Lin, 1993 , 1994 ). Marcum (1999) and Marcum and Kopec (1997) assessed relative salt tolerance of eight species in

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Omar A. Lopez, Danny L. Barney, Bahman Shafii, and William J. Price

(time after harvest of berries not reported). The study also included a 28 °C day/13 °C night temperature treatment with a 14-h photoperiod resulting in 21% germination, but detailed information about the process of germination (i.e., how seeds germinate

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Ana Morales-Sillero, María Paz Suárez, María Rocío Jiménez, Laura Casanova, José Ordovás, and Pilar Rallo

Seed germination and initial seedling growth are two important phases in classical plant breeding programs based on crosses between existing cultivars such as in olive species ( Olea europaea L.). Olive seed germination is slow, long-lasting (even

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Adam Bolton, Aneela Nijabat, Muhammad Mahmood-ur-Rehman, Naima Huma Naveed, A.T.M. Majharul Mannan, Aamir Ali, Mohamed A. Rahim, and Philipp Simon

carrot ( Rosenfeld, 2004 ). High temperature causes heat stress and is considered to be one of the major abiotic factors that limits carrot production because of its adverse effects on seed germination, seedling emergence, and plant growth ( Landjeva et

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Boris Andrés Bran Barrientos and Jong-Yi Fang

proliferation and survival rates. The propagation by seed in the nature is hampered by the limited nutrients present in minute and dust-like seeds. With the advancement of tissue-culture technology, asymbiotic seed germination is now commonly used to ensure its

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Arianna Bozzolo and Michael R. Evans

, holds significant water in its layers, and seedlings can easily emerge through it upon germination ( Dana and Lerner, 2001 ). Walker et al. (1984) reported that watering was less frequent when a top coating was used in seed germination. A vermiculite