|Titolo:||Effects of pre-treatments and temperature on seed viability and germination of Juniperus macrocarpa Sm|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2014|
|Abstract:||The effects of collecting season, collection site, laboratory pre-treatments and temperatures on seed viability and germination of Juniperus macrocarpa were investigated. Ripe cones were collected in four Sardinian dune systems, in two seasons, from plant and soil. Warm (W) and cold (C) stratifications, two combinations of them (W + C, C + W), and no pre-treatment (0) were applied. Seeds were incubated in a range of constant (10-25 °C) and an alternating (25/10 °C) temperature regime. Seed viability was low (ca. 40%) and varied significantly according to the collecting season. Seed germination was also low (ca. 10%), the 0 and W were the most effective pre-treatments on stimulating germination. The best germination temperature, without any pre-treatment, was 15 °C (ca. 20%). J. macrocarpa seeds are dormant and the achieved results suggested that the presence of secondary dormancy is induced by cold stratification. Spring appeared to be the best season for seed collecting, whereas autumn was the best for sowing. These results give new findings for restoration activities on this species.|
|Tipologia:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|
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