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Economic Botany

Evensen, Arthur [1], Belnap, Camille [1].

A study of the effect of locular gel removal on Solanum lycopersicum seed germination.

The United States is the second largest producer of tomatoes in the world, and the tomato producing industry has a vested interest in high germination rates of their seeds (USDA 2012). Seeds are dormant plant offspring that are only induced to grow when environmental conditions are favorable. The timing of germination, or breaking of dormancy, is carefully controlled and essential for plant growth success. The mechanisms that delay germination allow for seed dispersal and increase the likelihood that a seedling will establish itself successfully. Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) seeds are covered in a locular gel layer that develops prior to ripening of the pericarp. Because this gel may inhibit germination, seed producers remove the locular gel from tomato seeds before drying and storing them for future planting. The purpose of this research was to evaluate whether the presence of locular gel around tomato seeds did, in fact, inhibit germination.

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1 - Utah Valley University, Botany, 800 W University Pkwy, Orem, Utah, 84058, USA


Presentation Type: Poster
Session: P, Economic Botany: Contributed Posters
Location: Exhibit Hall/Savannah International Trade and Convention Center
Date: Monday, August 1st, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM This poster will be presented at 6:15 pm. The Poster Session runs from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Posters with odd poster numbers are presented at 5:30 pm, and posters with even poster numbers are presented at 6:15 pm.
Number: PEN006
Abstract ID:409
Candidate for Awards:Economic Botany Section best poster

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