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Keywords:

  • Medicago sativa;
  • seed viability;
  • seedling establishment

Abstract

Old alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) seeds which had been stored for 23 years at ordinary temperature under sealed-up conditions were tested for germinability and seedling establishment. Five percent of seeds germinated on soil, and many of the germinated seedlings grew to a state of establishment. The results present evidence for the high ability of alfalfa seeds to maintain viability and vigor.