Seed Germination in Ruzizi Grass (Brachaaria ruziziensis Germain & Evrard)
C Renard and P Capelle
Australian Journal of Botany
24(4) 437 - 446
Sowing is the most common way of establishing Brachiaria ruziziensis in pastures, but seed germi- nation is poor as a result of dormancy. The mechanism of dormancy is clearly located in the hull, for removing the hull or cutting at the base of the spikelet stimulates germination.
No leachable inhibitor seems to be the cause of dormancy. However, the action of oxidizing agents such as hydrogen peroxide and the measurement of oxygen uptake by full or empty spikelets suggest that a restriction of gas exchange by the hull is responsible.
Full text doi:10.1071/BT9760437
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