Germination and growth of old alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) seeds on soil

Authors

  • Byung Hoon Park,

    1. Department of Companion Animal and Animal Resources Science, College of Tourism and Health, Joongbu University, Kumsan, Republic of Korea
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  • Sangdeog A. Kim

    1. Department of Companion Animal and Animal Resources Science, College of Tourism and Health, Joongbu University, Kumsan, Republic of Korea
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Sangdeog A. Kim, Department of Companion Animal and Animal Resources Science, College of Tourism and Health, Joongbu University, 101 Daehangno, Chubu-myeon, Kumsan-gun, ChungcheongNam-do 312-702, Republic of Korea.
Email: kimsd@joongbu.ac.kr

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.

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