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Influence of Environmental Factors on Seed Germination and Seedling Emergence of American Sloughgrass (Beckmannia syzigachne)

  • Na Rao (a1), Liyao Dong (a1), Jun Li (a1) and Hongjun Zhang (a2)

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The influence of environmental factors on seed germination and seedling emergence of American sloughgrass was studied in laboratory and greenhouse conditions. The optimum temperature for seed germination was 10 C and light was not necessary. Seed germination was sensitive to osmotic potential and completely inhibited at an osmotic potential of −0.6 MPa, but it was quite tolerant to salinity: germination occurred even at 160 mM NaCl (36%). More than 80% of seeds germinated at pH values ranging between 4 and 10. Seedling emergence was highest when seeds were placed on the soil surface (91%) but declined with burial depth. Few (3%) seedlings emerged when seeds were planted at a depth of 5 cm. Information gained in this study will lead to a better understanding of the requirements for American sloughgrass germination and emergence.

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Influence of Environmental Factors on Seed Germination and Seedling Emergence of American Sloughgrass (Beckmannia syzigachne)

  • Na Rao (a1), Liyao Dong (a1), Jun Li (a1) and Hongjun Zhang (a2)

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