Assessing nut germination protocols for macadamia cultivar 'Beaumont'

Neal, J. M, Russell, D. M, Giles, J. and Topp, B. L. (2016) Assessing nut germination protocols for macadamia cultivar 'Beaumont'. Acta Horticulturae, 1109 189-196. doi:10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1109.31

Author Neal, J. M
Russell, D. M
Giles, J.
Topp, B. L.
Title Assessing nut germination protocols for macadamia cultivar 'Beaumont'
Journal name Acta Horticulturae   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0567-7572
ISBN 9789462611030
Publication date 2016-01-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1109.31
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 1109
Start page 189
End page 196
Total pages 8
Place of publication Leuven, Belgium
Publisher International Society for Horticultural Science
Language eng
Formatted abstract
A rapid rate and high percentage of macadamia nut germination, together with production of vigorous seedlings, are required by nurseries and breeding programs. Germination of nuts is typically protracted, however, and rarely reaches 100%. Many studies have been conducted into macadamia germination, but most have assessed percent germination only. This study investigated the effects of various treatments on percent germination, germination rate, and plant, shoot and root dry weights. The treatments tested were combinations of: (i) soaking or not soaking seeds in a dilute fungicide solution prior to planting; (ii) four different planting media; and (iii) leaving seed trays open or placing them inside clear plastic bags. For freshly harvested nuts, sowing in potting mix under clear plastic and without soaking produced the highest percent germination and germination rate, the largest shoots, and longest lateral roots.
Keyword Propagation
Potting medium
Seedling vigour
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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