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Agronomy Journal Abstract -

Germination in Freshly Harvested Seed of Centipedegrass1


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  1. Vol. 68 No. 6, p. 991-992
    Received: Dec 19, 1975

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  1. J. H. Bouton,
  2. A. E. Dudeck and
  3. R. L. Smith2



Centipedegrass [Eremochloa ophiuroides (Munro) Hack.] is an important warm-season turfgrass which can be established by seed. Germination of seed for progeny evaluation in the shortest time would be of value in a breeding program with this grass. Therefore, freshly harvested, open-pollinated seed was used to study the effects of different temperature regimes and scarification treatments on percent and speed of germination.

Alternating temperatures of 35–15 C with respective light-dark periods of 12 hours each gave the highest percentage and fastest germination. Mechanical scarification greatly improved both parameters.

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