Seed Vigor and Vigor Tests

  • Larry O. Copeland
  • Miller B. McDonald

Abstract

Seeds, as reproductive units, are expected to produce plants in the field. However, farmers and seed producers have long recognized that the labeled percent germination often overestimates the actual field emergence of seed lots. This observation is attributed to the objective of a standard germination test which states that germination is the emergence and development from the seed embryo of those essential structures which, for the kind of seed in question, are indicative of the ability to produce a normal plant under favorable conditions. (AOSA, 1991) As a result, the standard germination test fails to provide accurate information concerning a seed lot’s field performance potential for at least four reasons. These include the following.

Keywords

Permeability Boron Lignin Sodium Chloride Adenosine 

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  • Larry O. Copeland
    • 1
  • Miller B. McDonald
    • 2
  1. 1.Michigan State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Ohio State UniversityUSA

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