SEED HARDENING FOR FIELD CROPS - A REVIEW

Article Id: ARCC4247 | Page : 129 - 140
Citation :- SEED HARDENING FOR FIELD CROPS - A REVIEW.Agricultural Reviews.2004.(25):129 - 140
A. Solaimalai and K. Subburamu
Address : Krishi Vigyan Kendra Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Vriddhachalam - 606 001, India

Abstract

Quality seeds along with other improved package of practices play a vital role in improving productivity of crops under rainfed condition, Seed hardening isa practice adopted to make crop plants resistant to soil moisture stress, NaCl, Na2SO4, KCl, MgSO4, KH2PO4, K2SO4, CaCl2, Na2HPO4, nitric acid, succinic acid, auxins, CCC, Jalshakthi, triazoles, cow's urine and cow dung extract are used as seed hardening chemicals. Hardening of seedling resulting from pre-sowing treatment is due to a number of physico-chemical changes within the cytoplasm. Pre-sowing seed hardening with different chemicals improve seed viability as well as vigour, root length, root shoot ratio and yield of rainfed crops. Research carried out on seed hardening is reviewed in this paper.

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