Caryopsis and spikelet characteristics related to germination behavior in Digitaria californica

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Title:
Caryopsis and spikelet characteristics related to germination behavior in Digitaria californica
Author:
Gatica, Roberto Armando, 1963-
Issue Date:
1995
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Digitaria californica is a warm-season grass native to western hemisphere deserts. This study was conducted to measure: (1) seed dormancy, and the effects of (2) wetting and drying on germination, and (3) glumes on water uptake and loss. Dormancy was measured with weekly germination trials for 12 weeks. Complete and naked caryopses were exposed to a 24-h dry period after 12, 24, 36, and 48-h imbibition, and rewetting for 2 weeks. Water uptake and loss patterns were also measured. Germination percentage increased from about 40% initially to 94% after 9 weeks. Germination speed decreased from 5 days to about 2 days over the same period. Drying reduced percent germination of the 36- and 48-h imbibition treatments for complete caryopses, and that of the 24-, 36-, and 48-h imbibition treatments for naked caryopses. Complete caryopses also seemed to imbibe faster. Moisture loss for complete and naked caryopses appeared similar. Short imbibition periods do not induce germination in this species.
Type:
text; Thesis-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Biology, Plant Physiology.
Degree Name:
M.S.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Renewable Natural Resources
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Smith, Lamar E.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleCaryopsis and spikelet characteristics related to germination behavior in Digitaria californicaen_US
dc.creatorGatica, Roberto Armando, 1963-en_US
dc.contributor.authorGatica, Roberto Armando, 1963-en_US
dc.date.issued1995en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractDigitaria californica is a warm-season grass native to western hemisphere deserts. This study was conducted to measure: (1) seed dormancy, and the effects of (2) wetting and drying on germination, and (3) glumes on water uptake and loss. Dormancy was measured with weekly germination trials for 12 weeks. Complete and naked caryopses were exposed to a 24-h dry period after 12, 24, 36, and 48-h imbibition, and rewetting for 2 weeks. Water uptake and loss patterns were also measured. Germination percentage increased from about 40% initially to 94% after 9 weeks. Germination speed decreased from 5 days to about 2 days over the same period. Drying reduced percent germination of the 36- and 48-h imbibition treatments for complete caryopses, and that of the 24-, 36-, and 48-h imbibition treatments for naked caryopses. Complete caryopses also seemed to imbibe faster. Moisture loss for complete and naked caryopses appeared similar. Short imbibition periods do not induce germination in this species.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectBiology, Plant Physiology.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineRenewable Natural Resourcesen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorSmith, Lamar E.en_US
dc.identifier.proquest1378536en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b33912191en_US
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