Germination behaviour of Guizotia abyssinica (L.f.) Cass. (Niger) as influenced by some special treatments, Sumeet Dwivedi

Germination behaviour of Guizotia abyssinica (L.f.) Cass. (Niger) as influenced by some special treatments, Sumeet Dwivedi

IJSRSumeet Dwivedi, Ujjain Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, India
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to investigate the germination behaviour of Guizotia abyssinica (L.f.) Cass. (Asteraceae) commonly known as Ramtil (H) and Niger (E). It is an important oil-yielding plant, known for its medicinal as well as commercial value and special treatments.
Design/methodology/approach: Various phyto-hormones and NPK were used to determine the germination profile of the species.
Findings: The seed germination increased after pre-sowing treatments and a remarkable increase in germination percentage was recorded. The findings reveal that maximum germination percentage (90%) was noticed in phyto-hormones and NPK treatments; germination percentage was comparatively poor in dark conditions and sand.
Originality/value: The species is endangered and will disappear from the Indian sub-continent very soon, therefore the need to increase the germination profile and to increase the productivity of the plant is a great challenge.
Keywords: Guizotia abyssinica; Seed dormancy; Germination; Seedling growth; Phyto-hormones; NPK
Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Dwivedi, S., (2014) Germination behaviour of Guizotia abyssinica (L.f.) Cass. (Niger) as influenced by some special treatments, Int. J. Sudan Research Vol. 4 No. 1, pp. 55-65

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