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Evaluating the Impact of Different Pelleting and Priming Techniques on Stand Establishment and Vigour of Cedrus deodara


The International Journal of Global Sciences (TIJOGS)

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Talha Javed1*, Rubab Shabbir2, Irfan Afzal1, Muhammad Asad Naseer1 and Ahmed Mukhtar1

*Corresponding author: talhajaved54321@gmail.com

Submitted Accepted Published
Oct 02,2018 Jan 10,2019 Feb 06,2019

2019 / Vol: 2 / Issue: 1


Abstract


Improved seed quality is a major concern of forest scientists throughout the world. Unavailability of poor-quality seed is a major hindrance in crop establishment, growth and development. Pre-sowing seed treatments linked with improved emergence and seedling health in terms of early boosted seedlings growth can be a good adoptive approach to mitigate the seed associated problems. Hence, primed and pelleted Cedrus deodara seeds were evaluated in a small experiment having three replicates included hydropriming and biochar pelleting along with their combinations, in comparison to control. A positive impact on seed emergence potential in terms of final emergence percentage (86%) and seedling growth (44cm) have been associated with pre-pelleting and hydropriming for 18 hours followed by pelleting of 30g biochar, as compared to control and other treatments. Seeds subjected to 18 hours hydropriming followed pelleting with biochar took less time for emergence (7 days) as compared to control (11 days). Thus, pre-sowing treatments can provide noticeable results in terms of better emergence and vigour
Keywords: Biochar; hydropriming; emergence; pelleting; growth


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