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World Journal of Agricultural Research. 2014, 2(4), 151-154
DOI: 10.12691/wjar-2-4-2
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Enhanced Seed Germination of Psoralea Corylifolia L. by Heat Treatment

G. Siva1, , S. Sivakumar1, G. Premkumar1, P. Baskaran2, T. Senthilkumar3 and N. Jayabalan1

1Department of Plant Science, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli - 24

2Research Centre for Plant Growth and Development, School of Life Sciences University of Kwa Zulu, Natal Pietermaritzburg, Scottsville 3209, South Africa

3Department of Industry University Collaboration, Business Development Centre, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli - 24

Pub. Date: July 14, 2014

Cite this paper:
G. Siva, S. Sivakumar, G. Premkumar, P. Baskaran, T. Senthilkumar and N. Jayabalan. Enhanced Seed Germination of Psoralea Corylifolia L. by Heat Treatment. World Journal of Agricultural Research. 2014; 2(4):151-154. doi: 10.12691/wjar-2-4-2


Psoralea corylifolia is a medically important plant and it used for large scale level in pharmaceutical industries to cure various skin diseases. This plant is facing difficulties in propagation because of poor seed germination and high mortality of seedlings. Therefore, an efficient and simple protocol developed for seed germination of Psoralea corylifolia via hot water treatment for in situ and ex situ plant propagation and conservation. Different treatments such as hot water heat treatment (10°C to 100°C) and sulfuric acid (H2So4) treatment (5 to 30 min) were used for seed germination. In which, hot water heat treatment with 70°C was produced the highest seed germination (70%) and survival rate. It is concluded that the hot water heat treatment favorably overcome the dormancy of seed. Developed protocol in this study will be helpful for mass propagation and in situ and ex situ conservations.

Psoralea corylifolia L. seed germination heat treatment ex situ in situ

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