Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 9, Issue 2,2011
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Evaluating the effects of biofertilizers and seed priming on chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) seed quality


Ahmad Alimadadi 1*, Mohammad-Reza Jahansouz 1, Hosein Besharati 2, Reza Tavakkol-Afshari 1, Mojtaba Tavakkoli 1

Recieved Date: 2011-01-22, Accepted Date: 2011-04-02


The effects of phosphate solubilizing bacteria (Bacillus megaterium) and fungi (Aspergillus niger), mycorrhizal fungi (Glomus intraradices) and seed priming (hydro and osmo-priming) on seed quality were evaluated. The field and lab trials were conducted in the research field and seed lab of the university of Tehran during 2007-2008. Treatments were various combinations of biofertilizers and seed primings. Seed mass, germination speed, germination percentage, germination synchrony, time to 50% germination, root dry weight, seedling dry weight, root length and seedling length were measured. Result showed that seed weight was affected by nearly all treatments. Except mycorrhizal fungus, all other treatments had higher Seed weight than control. Higher seed weight value was obtained with Osmo-priming+phosphate solubilizing fungus compared to control (287.5 and 208.7 g/1000-seed, respectively). Germination percentages were higher in seeds from plants treated with phosphate solubilizing microorganisms than control. All treatments with Osmo-priming in their combinations had higher seed weight than control. Some significant correlations were found among seed properties. There were significant relationship among seed weight and other properties except seedling length and germination synchrony.


Seed quality, biofertilizer, seed priming, chickpea

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2011
Volume: 9
Issue: 2
Category: Agriculture
Pages: 362-365

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