Germination and growth of old alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) seeds on soil
Article first published online: 16 AUG 2009
© 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Volume 55, Issue 3, pages 171–173, September 2009
How to Cite
Park, B. H. and Kim, S. A. (2009), Germination and growth of old alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) seeds on soil. Grassland Science, 55: 171–173. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-697X.2009.00149.x
- Issue published online: 16 AUG 2009
- Article first published online: 16 AUG 2009
- Received 21 March 2008; accepted 8 May 2009.
- Medicago sativa;
- seed viability;
- seedling establishment
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.