Influence of light, temperature, salinity and storage on seed germination of Haloxylon ammodendron

Zhenying Huang, Xinshi Zhang, Guanghua Zheng, Yitzchak Gutterman

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Abstract

Haloxylon ammodendron is a shrubby perennial distributed in many sandy and saline areas of deserts of Northwest China. It is an important economic plant used for sand fixation, pasture and fuel. Seed germination is the critical stage for species survival. The optimal temperature for germination is 10°C and germination was the lowest at 30°C in light and darkness. The higher the salinity of NaCl, the lower the percentage of germination, but after exposure to higher salinity, the seed recovery percentage is higher. The seed viability of about 10 months can be extended by cold or ultra dry storage at seed moisture content below 5%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-464
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Arid Environments
Volume55
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2003

Keywords

  • Cold storage
  • Light
  • Recovery of germination
  • Seed germination
  • Soil salinity
  • Temperature
  • Ultra dry storage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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