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Influence of priming duration on the performance of Amaranths (Amaranthus cruentus L.) in Sokoto semiarid zone of Nigeria

Musa, Mukhtar; Singh, Ajit; Lawal, Aminu Aliyu

Authors

Mukhtar Musa

Ajit Singh

Aminu Aliyu Lawal

Abstract

Two field trials were conducted during the 2012 cropping season at the Fruits and Vegetable Teaching and Research Farm of the Department of Crop Science, Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (located on latitude N-N and longitude -), to evaluate the effect of priming duration on the growth and yield of amaranth. Treatments consisted of four priming durations (2, 4, 6, and 8 hours) and control (where no priming was applied). The treatments were laid out in a completely randomized design (CRD) replicated three times for the germination test and randomized complete block design (RCBD) for the field trial. Data were collected on days to 50% germination, percentage germination, days to 50% emergence, and percentage emergence. Results revealed significant effect of priming duration on days to 50% germination, percentage germination, and days to 50% emergence. Soaking seeds for 2 hours reduced the number of days to 50% germination and emergence and also recorded higher germination. Thus, from the findings of this study, it could be concluded that priming amaranth seeds for 2 hours could be applied to enhance amaranth production.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 19, 2014
Journal International Journal of Agronomy
Print ISSN 1687-8159
Electronic ISSN 1687-8159
Publisher Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2014
Issue 475953
Article Number 475953
Institution Citation Musa, M., Singh, A., & Lawal, A. A. (2014). Influence of priming duration on the performance of Amaranths (Amaranthus cruentus L.) in Sokoto semiarid zone of Nigeria. International Journal of Agronomy, 2014(475953), doi:10.1155/2014/475953
DOI https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/475953
Publisher URL http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ija/2014/475953/
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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