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Title: Enhancement in the germination, growth and yield of Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) using pre-sowing magnetic treatment of seeds
Authors: Naz, Afshan
Jamil, Yasir
Haq, Zia ul
Iqbal, Munawar
Ahmad, Muhammad Raza
Ashraf, Muhammad Irfan
Ahmad, Rasheed
Keywords: Abelmoschus esculentus;Electromagnetic seed treatment;Germination;Okra Seed;Seedling growth;Yield
Issue Date: Jun-2012
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: The effect of pre-sowing magnetic treatments was investigated on germination, growth and yield of okra (Abelmoschus esculentus cv. Sapz pari). The dry okra seeds were exposed to sinusoidal magnetic field induced by an electromagnet. The average magnetic field exposure was 99 mT for 3 and 11 min and seeds with no magnetic field treatment were considered as control. Both treated and non-treated seeds were sown in experimental plots (120 m2) under similar conditions. Samples were collected at regular intervals for statistical analysis. A significant increase (P<0.05) was observed in germination percentage, number of flowers per plant, leaf area (cm2), plant height (cm) at maturity, number of fruits per plant, pod mass per plant and number of seeds per plant. The 99 mT for 11 min exposure showed better results as compared to control.
Page(s): 211-214
ISSN: 0975-0959 (Online); 0301-1208 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJBB Vol.49(3) [June 2012]

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