The effect of different types and concentrations of dormancy regulating chemicals (DRCs) on innate and induced dormancy was evaluated under optimal germination conditions in the invasive Prosopis juliflora shrub. Lower concentrations of gibberellic acid (0.3 mM) and kinetin (0.05 mM) were more effective in enhancing germination % and rate at higher concentrations of NaCl, but the reverse was true for thiourea. None of the DRCs alleviated innate dormancy of P. juliflora. Germination % and rate decreased as salinity increased. Percent final germination of non-treated seeds was significantly reduced at 500 mM NaCl and virtually inhibited in 600 mM NaCl. Germination reduction in 500 mM NaCl was not alleviated by any of the DRCs, but inhibition induced at 600 mM NaCl was partially alleviated by all the DRCs. Gibberellic acid had a significantly greater effect than kinetin in alleviating germination inhibition. For restoration of saline soil through the use of P. juliflora, results suggest using DRCs, particularly gibberellic acid and thiourea, as a preseeding treatment can overcome the problem of reduced germination.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Plant Growth Regulation|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2005|
- Gibberellic acid
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Agronomy and Crop Science
- Plant Science