Soil type does not affect seed ageing when soil water potential and temperature are controlled

Long, Rowena L., Steadman, Kathryn J., Panetta, F. Dane and Adkins, Stephen W. (2009) Soil type does not affect seed ageing when soil water potential and temperature are controlled. Plant and Soil, 320 1-2: 131-140. doi:10.1007/s11104-008-9878-8

Author Long, Rowena L.
Steadman, Kathryn J.
Panetta, F. Dane
Adkins, Stephen W.
Title Soil type does not affect seed ageing when soil water potential and temperature are controlled
Journal name Plant and Soil   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0032-079X
Publication date 2009-07-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11104-008-9878-8
Open Access Status
Volume 320
Issue 1-2
Start page 131
End page 140
Total pages 10
Editor Hans Lambers
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Language eng
Subject C1
060705 Plant Physiology
960804 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Abstract To investigate the effects of soil type on seed persistence in a manner that controlled for location and climate variables, three weed species— Gomphocarpus physocarpus (swan plant), Avena sterilis ssp. ludoviciana (wild oat) and Ligustrum lucidum (broadleaf privet)—were buried for 21 months in three contrasting soils at a single location. Soil type had a significant effect on seed persistence and seedling vigour, but soil water content and temperature varied between soils due to differences in physical and chemical properties. Warmer, wetter conditions favoured shorter persistence. A laboratorybased test was developed to accelerate the rate of seed ageing within soils, using controlled superoptimal temperature and moisture conditions (the soil-specific accelerated ageing test, SSAAT). The SSAAT demonstrated that soil type per se did not influence seed longevity. Moreover, the order in which seeds aged was the same whether aged in the field or SSAAT, with L. lucidum being shortest-lived and A. sterilis being longest-lived of the three species.
Keyword Seed longevity
Ligustrum lucidum
Gomphocarpus physocarpus
Avena sterilis
Seed bank
Accelerated ageing
Seedling vigour
Seed persistence
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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