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Issue 9 (1) 2010 pp. 45–54

Hanna Dorna, Dorota Szopińska, Krystyna Tylkowska

Germination and vigour of kohlrabi seeds subjected to priming in the presence of Alternaria brassicicola (Schw.) Wiltshire

Abstract: Priming is a treatment applied for seed enhancement. Brassica vegetable seeds are commonly affected by Alternaria brassicicola. The changes in germination and vigour of kohlrabi (Brassica oleracea L. var. gongylodes L.) seeds subjected to two priming methods in the presence of A. brassicicola were investigated. The following treatments were applied: uninoculated non-primed seeds (control), seeds inoculated with A.  brassicicola (2∙104 spores ml-1), uninoculated and inoculated seeds hydroprimed for 1–2 days, and uninoculated and inoculated seeds osmoprimed for 1–4 days. The percentage of germinating seeds, germination capacity, the percentages of diseased seedlings and dead seeds were determined. The speed of germination, tetrazolium staining index, and electrical conductivity described seed vigour. The presence of A. brassicicola on/in seeds was confirmed on CW semiselective agar. Osmopriming was conducive to penetration of A. brassicicola into kohlrabi seeds. The presence of the fungus had no influence on the percentage of germinating seeds, but a significantly lower germination capacity and a higher percentage of diseased seedlings and dead seeds were observed after inoculation. Non-primed inoculated seeds germinated faster than uninoculated ones. Despite the presence of A. brassicicola, osmotic priming improved seed vigour as measured by the speed of seed germination and electrical conductivity. The results of the tetrazolium vigour test showed its limited usefulness for seeds heavily infected with A. brassicicola.
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Keywords: Brassica oleracea var. gongylodes, seed enhancement, seed health, seed quality

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MLA Dorna, Hanna, et al. "Germination and vigour of kohlrabi seeds subjected to priming in the presence of Alternaria brassicicola (Schw.) Wiltshire." Acta Sci.Pol. Hortorum Cultus 9.1 (2010): 9.
APA Dorna, H., Szopińska, D., & Tylkowska, K. (2010). Germination and vigour of kohlrabi seeds subjected to priming in the presence of Alternaria brassicicola (Schw.) Wiltshire. Acta Sci.Pol. Hortorum Cultus 9 (1), 9.
ISO 690 DORNA, Hanna, SZOPIńSKA, Dorota, TYLKOWSKA, Krystyna. Germination and vigour of kohlrabi seeds subjected to priming in the presence of Alternaria brassicicola (Schw.) Wiltshire. Acta Sci.Pol. Hortorum Cultus, 2010, 9.1: 9.
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