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., Kılıç, S., Kabar, K. 2007. Some morphological and anatomical observations during alleviation of salinity (NaCl) stress on seed germination and seedling growth of barley by polyamines. Acta Physiol. Plant. 29 :551

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Balaguera-Lopez, H. E., Cardenas-Hernandez, J. F. and Alvarez-Herrera, J. G. (2009): Effect of gibberellic acid (GA 3 ) on seed germination and growth of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.). - Acta Hortic. 821

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Introduction Seed germination can be defined as a process that begins with water uptake (imbibition) and finishes with root protrusion [ 1 ]. The total process consists in a series of interrelated events such as protein

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. , Yan Y. 2015 . Proteomic analysis reveals key proteins and phosphoproteins upon seed germination of wheat ( Triticum aestivum L.) . Front. Plant Sci. 6 : 1017 . Fetzer

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. Bot. 82 167 175 Khan, M. A., Ungar, I. A. (1998): Seed germination and dormancy of Polygonum aviculare L

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review . J. Plant Physiol . 159 : 567 – 584 . Chang , C. , Wang , B. , Shi , L. , Li , Y. , Duo , L. , Zhang , W. 2010 . Alleviation of salt stress-induced inhibition of seed germination

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In the present study, seven isolates of plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria were used for seed treatment to suppress seedling diseases caused by fungi. Their effect on the seed germination and seedling vigour of watermelon was also studied. Among them INR-7 was able to inhibit a broad range of fungal species, GBO3 and IPC-11 were found to be effective against Fusarium spp. and Didymella bryoniae , while isolates SE-34 and T-4 were effective against Myrothecium species and also reduced the development of symptoms on the seedlings. Isolates GBO3, IPC-11 and INR-7 increased seed germination and seedling vigour to the greatest extent.

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, P., Wilke, B. M., Strozzi, E. and Fleischmann, S. (2001): Evaluation and refinement of a continuous seed germination and early seedling growth test for use in the ecotoxicological assessment of soils. Chemosphere 44, 491

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distillery effluent on seed germination and plant growth of wheat. J. Crop. Res. , 9 , 110–115. Suneja S. Effect of digested distillery effluent on seed germination and plant growth of

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Investigations were made on the seed viability (standard germination test and vigour after accelerated ageing) and seed quality (starch, protein, lipid, sucrose, glucose and fructose) of seeds of maize (cv Melkassa-2) and sorghum (cv Macia) harvested from plants after exposure to and recovery from pre- and post-flowering dehydration. The objectives of the study were to achieve a better understanding of 1) the effects of water deficit during the pre- and post-flowering stages on the seed viability and food (storage reserves) quality, and 2) the effects of dehydration and rehydration cycles at critical growth stages on subsequent seed performance and production, which could lead to the development of cultivars more able to efficiently partition assimilates to the reproductive organs in the field. The experiment was conducted in a controlled environment growth chamber under constant environmental conditions (12/12 h day/night, 28–32/17°C day/night temperature, 60–80% RH and 1200–1400 μmol m −2 s −1 PPDF). The seed viability and vigour tests were done on air-dried seeds and the seed quality analysis on freeze-dried seeds of both species.The results of the standard germination test indicated that sorghum seeds harvested after both pre- and post-flowering dehydration were not affected by the treatment, while maize seeds had reduced % germination. Sorghum seeds harvested after post-flowering dehydration had significantly decreased vigour after accelerated ageing. Dehydration during both the pre- and post-flowering stages resulted in reduced contents of protein, lipid and soluble carbohydrates (sucrose, glucose and fructose) in both species as compared to the control seeds. The species differed in the extent to which these reserves were reduced.

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