EFFECTS OF TEMPERATURE, OXYGEN AND OSMOTIC PRESSURE ON GERMINATION OF CARROT SEEDS : EVALUATION OF SEED QUALITY

F. Corbineau, M. Picard, D. Côme
Carrot (Daucus carota L.) seeds are not dormant. They germinate in a wide range of temperatures (5–35°C), and the thermal optimum is ca 25–30°C. Low temperatures (5–10°C) slow down germination and reveal seed heterogeneity and differences among cultivars and batches. Carrot seeds are also very sensitive to oxygen deprivation and osmotic pressure. The results obtained allow a better understanding of poor field emergence under unfavourable sowing conditions (too low or too high temperatures, or soils with excess of water), and lead to a recommendation of carrying germination tests in non-optimal conditions for better evaluation of seed quality.
Corbineau, F., Picard, M. and Côme, D. (1994). EFFECTS OF TEMPERATURE, OXYGEN AND OSMOTIC PRESSURE ON GERMINATION OF CARROT SEEDS : EVALUATION OF SEED QUALITY. Acta Hortic. 354, 9-16
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.1994.354.1
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.1994.354.1

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