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Effects of brassinosteroid application on seed germination of Norway spruce, Scots pine, Douglas fir and English oak

Ivan Kuneš   , Martin Baláš, Rostislav Linda, Josef Gallo, Olga Nováková

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 10, Issue 1, Pages 121-127 (2016)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor1578-009
Published: Oct 02, 2016 - Copyright © 2016 SISEF

Research Articles


We tested the influence of a synthetically-produced brassinosteroid compound (2α,3α,17βtrihydroxy-5α-androstan-6-one) on seed germination in Norway spruce, Scots pine, Douglas fir and English oak. Before germination, 400 seeds of each species were steeped in a brassinosteroid solution and then placed for germination in a growth chamber under (i) optimal humidity and (ii) temporary drought stress (except for oak). Drought stress significantly reduced the germination capacity and germination rate in the control treatments of Norway spruce, Scots pine and Douglas fir. Nonetheless, the application of brassinosteroid significantly reduced the drought-stress effects in seeds of Norway spruce and Scots pine. The drought-stressed Douglas fir did not respond positively to the brassinosteroid application. English oak was germinated only under the optimal humidity regime and no differences in germination were detected between the control and brassinosteroid-treated acorns.

  Keywords


Plant Hormones, Germination Percentage, Germination Rate, Picea abies, Pseudotsuga menziesii

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Ivan Kuneš
Martin Baláš
Rostislav Linda
Josef Gallo
Olga Nováková
Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Kamýcká 129, 165 21 Praha 6 - Suchdol (Czech Republic)

Corresponding author

 
Ivan Kuneš
kunes@fld.czu.cz

Citation

Kuneš I, Baláš M, Linda R, Gallo J, Nováková O (2016). Effects of brassinosteroid application on seed germination of Norway spruce, Scots pine, Douglas fir and English oak. iForest 10: 121-127. - doi: 10.3832/ifor1578-009

Academic Editor

Gianfranco Minotta

Paper history

Received: Jan 28, 2015
Accepted: Jun 05, 2016

First online: Oct 02, 2016
Publication Date: Feb 28, 2017
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