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Hydropriming accelerates seed germination of Medicago sativa under stressful conditions: A thermal and hydrotime model approach

Rong Li, Dandan Min, Lijun Chen, Chunyang Chen and Xiaowen Hu

State Key Laboratory of Grassland Agro-ecosystems, China, College of Pastoral Agriculture Science and Technology, Lanzhou University.

huxw@lzu.edu.cn

Page Range:
741-747
Article ID:
LR-327
Online Published:
20-06-2017
Abstract

This study determined the effects of priming on germination in response to temperature, water potential and NaCl. Thermal and hydrotime models were utilized to evaluate changes in parameters of the model after priming. Priming reduced the amount of thermal time in both cultivars, but slightly increased the base temperature for germination from 1.0 to 3.5°C in “Longdong”. Priming significantly increased germination rate at high water potential but had no effect at low water potential. Further, priming reduced the hydrotime constant but made the median base water potential value slightly more positive in both cultivars. Thus, priming increased germination rate in water but decrease it under severe water stress. Germination rate was significantly increased in both cultivars under salinity (NaCl) stress. Moreover, priming improved seedling growth in response to temperature, water and salinity stress in both cultivars.

Keywords
Drought, Hydropriming, Hydrotime model, Medicago sativa, Salinity, Thermal time model.
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