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Effect of Pre-chilling and Storage Temperature on Seed Germination of Solanum macrocarpon L. (African Eggplant)

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This study examined the effects of storage temperature and pre-chilling on the germination of the seeds of Solanum macrocarpon – which according to literature has a seed viability of 63.33%. In our study, the seeds were sown in dry Petri dishes and placed in the refrigerator set at 4 °C for 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10 days. Another set of seeds was placed in incubators set at 25, 35 and 45 °C for 40 days before the germination experiment was carried out on a laboratory workbench. Results from the study revealed that while storage temperature had a significant effect on that the germination of seeds of this plant, pre-chilling of seeds and incubator treatments generally reduced seed germination. Thus seed germination in this plant is temperature dependent.
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  • Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology, Faculty of Science, Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, Nigeria
  • Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology, Faculty of Science, Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, Nigeria
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