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INFLUENCE OF PHYSICAL SEED ENHANCEMENT TECHNIQUES ON STORABILITY OF GROUNDNUT KERNALS (ARACHIS HYPOGAEA L.) CV. VRI 2

G. Sathiya Narayanan* and M. Prakash
Dept. of Genetics and Plant Breeding, Faculty of Agriculture, Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar- 608 002, India
sathiyaa2005@yahoo.com

Page Range:
460-466
Article ID:
LR-2839
Online Published:
Abstract
Genetically pure seeds of groundnut cv. VRI 2 were obtained from the Oilseed Research Station, Virudhachalam. The bulk seeds were graded for uniformity using 18/64" size sieve and were imposed with various physical seed enhancement techniques. The treated seeds along with control were stored in cloth bag and 700 gauge polythene bag under ambient condition of Annamalai nagar for a period of 10 months and were evaluated for seed quality characters viz., moisture content, germination per cent, oil content and electrical conductivity at bimonthly intervals.  The study revealed that the seeds treated with halogen slurry treatment and stored in 700 gauge polythene bag registered  low moisture content (8 %), electrical conductivity (0.529 dsm-1), high germination percentage (74 %) and oil content (43 %) when compared to control. It was also noted that they maintained the minimum seed certification standard upto 10 months of storage.
Keywords
Germination percentage , Groundnut, Seed enhancement, Storage.
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