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Research Journal of Seed Science
  Year: 2009 | Volume: 2 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 1-8
DOI: 10.3923/rjss.2009.1.8
Influence of Zeolite Application on Germination and Seed Quality of Soybean Grown on Allophanic Soil
Hamayoon Khan, Amir Zaman Khan, Rozina Khan, Naoto Matsue and Teruo Henmi

Abstract:
The objective of the present study was to evaluate the effect of zeolite application levels and allophanic soil on seed germination and vigor of soybean cultivars grown under natural green house environment. Seeds of two soybean cultivars (Enrei, [MG] 1V) and Harosoy [MG] 11) were produced in the greenhouse from three zeolite application levels (0, 1 and 2%) and three soil (two allophanic and one paddy) at the Faculty of Agriculture, Ehime University, Japan during summer, 2007. Brown (mature) pods were harvested, threshed and all shriveled and abnormal seeds were removed before determining germination and other vigor tests. Zeolite applied at the rate of 1 and 2% improved germination and vigor of the seed increased linearly (R2 = 0.72) as compared to control treated plots (0%). Seeds obtained from two allophanic soils (KyP and KnP) gave similar trend of increase in germination and vigor as compared to a Paddy Soil. Among the vigor tests, accelerated aging, electrical conductivity and seedling dry weight provided the best estimate of seed vigor for the two soybean cultivars, both for ranking seed lots quality and predicting field emergence. Seeds of Harosoy were more sensitive to high temperature stress than seeds of Enrei and accelerated aging test was more responsive in categorizing seed lots as compared to standard germination. Among cultivars, Enrei gave maximum germination and showed more vigor than Harosoy. Present findings support the results of experiment by demonstrating that zeolite application to soybean crop improves germination and vigor of soybean seeds. KyP and KnP allophanic soils showed its potential for fertility and availability of nutrients for plant growth and development as compared to paddy soil.
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Hamayoon Khan, Amir Zaman Khan, Rozina Khan, Naoto Matsue and Teruo Henmi, 2009. Influence of Zeolite Application on Germination and Seed Quality of Soybean Grown on Allophanic Soil. Research Journal of Seed Science, 2: 1-8.

DOI: 10.3923/rjss.2009.1.8

URL: http://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=rjss.2009.1.8

 
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