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Acclimatized apparatus enhanced seed germination in stevia rebaudiana bertoni

Abdullateef, Raji Akintunde and Osman, Mohamad and Zainuddin, Zarina (2015) Acclimatized apparatus enhanced seed germination in stevia rebaudiana bertoni. International Journal of Biology, 7 (2). pp. 28-34. ISSN 1916-9671 E-ISSN 1916-968X

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Stevia rebaudiana bertoni produces sweet glycosides with zero calorie and has strong health and dietary implications. With these properties, it has the potential to substitute sugar. However, poor seed germination in this plant constitute obstacle towards large scale propagation, thereby causing plant materials to be scarce and costly. High percent seed germination could be induced via simulation of favorable climatic environment. Thus, new protocols and prototype tagged ‘seed germination apparatus’, inclusive of conducive factors, were developed. Additionally, Seed viability level was also tested using 1 % tetrazolium chloride. ANOVA revealed significant differences between treatments at p < 0.05. The apparatus influenced high yield of about 67 % seed germination, while the viability test showed 69 % viable seeds. Acclimatized condition, owing to innovated seed germination apparatus, showed high impact on seed germination in stevia.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 4409/47158
Uncontrolled Keywords: apparatus, climatic simulation, poor seed germination, prototype, sweet glycosides, stevia, zero calorie
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Science > Department of Biotechnology
Depositing User: Dr Zarina Zainuddin
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2016 15:51
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2016 08:37
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/47158

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