Maintenance of Ephedra alata Seeds Viability via Storage Containers
Abdulaziz A. Al-Qarawi, Elsayed F. Abd_Allah
DOI: 10.4236/ajps.2010.12018   PDF    HTML     6,099 Downloads   11,894 Views   Citations


Sequential incubation of seed samples yielded 20 fungal species belonging to 13 genera. The prevalent genera were Aspergillus (A. flavus and A. parasiticus), Fusarium (F. moniliforme and F. oxysporum) and Penicillium (Penicillium sp.). Such seedborne fungi differ in their colonization in different parts of seeds with most of them are colonized in seed coat, endosperm, and embryo of the seed. The usage of different storage containers for storing seeds indicated that the cotton cloth bags were the most favorable ones as they maintain seed moisture content (SMC) below the critical level resulting in minimum seed deterioration compared with other seed storage containers.

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A. Al-Qarawi and E. Abd_Allah, "Maintenance of Ephedra alata Seeds Viability via Storage Containers," American Journal of Plant Sciences, Vol. 1 No. 2, 2010, pp. 138-146. doi: 10.4236/ajps.2010.12018.

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