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Assessment of soybean seed vigour tests for eastern Australia


Boersma, M and Law, M and Adkins, SW, Assessment of soybean seed vigour tests for eastern Australia, Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture, 36, (1) pp. 99-103. ISSN 0816-1089 (1996) [Refereed Article]

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CSIRO 1996

DOI: doi:10.1071/EA9960099


Vigour testing was undertaken on seed from 4 soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] cultivars taken from field trials in eastern Australia. The seed from each cultivar exhibited moderate to good germination and a range in vigour. Vigour tests consisted of the controlled deterioration and modified versions of the accelerated aging test. Accelerated aging was carried out in 4 ways using 2 periods of incubation (76 and 96 h), with or without the seed protectant Thiram to control saprophytic fungi. Results were compared with seedling emergence from the same seed samples when planted in a controlled environment glasshouse. A combination of 2 day/night temperatures, cold (18/13C), warm (33/28C), and 3 soil moisture regimes, dry (-0.3 MPa), field capacity (-0.01 MPa) and saturated soil, produced a total of 6 different environments. Emergence was also recorded under a moderate daylnight temperature of 23/18C in soil at field capacity. The standard germination test and modified accelerated aging test with a 72-h incubation period with Thiram were significantly (P<0.01) correlated with emergence from all 7 soil environments. A 96-h period of accelerated aging (with or without Thiram) tended to suppress germination and there was no correlation with emergence from most soil environments. The controlled deterioration test correlated with seedling emergence from most soil environments except for dry soil. The vigour test which gave the best indicator of performance under a range of different seedbed moisture and temperature conditions was the modified accelerated aging test using a 72-h incubation period with Thiram.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:accelerated aging, soybean, seed vigour
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Crop and pasture production
Research Field:Crop and pasture post harvest technologies (incl. transportation and storage)
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Grains and seeds
Objective Field:Soybeans
UTAS Author:Boersma, M (Dr Mark Boersma)
ID Code:102060
Year Published:1996
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2015-07-25
Last Modified:2015-08-18

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