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Revista Brasileira de Sementes

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Abstract

CHIQUITO, Adrielle Aparecida; GOMES JUNIOR, Francisco Guilhien  and  MARCOS-FILHO, Julio. Assessment of physiological potential of cucumber seeds using the software Seedling Vigor Imaging System® (SVIS®). Rev. bras. sementes [online]. 2012, vol.34, n.2, pp. 255-263. ISSN 0101-3122.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-31222012000200010.

The software Seed Vigor Imaging System (SVIS®), has been successfully used to evaluate seed physiological potential by automated analyses of scanned seedlings. In this research, the efficiency of this system was compared to other tests accepted for assessing cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) seed vigor of distinct seed lots of Supremo and Safira cultivars. Seeds were subjected to germination, traditional and saturated salt accelerated aging, seedling emergence, seedling length and SVIS analyses (determination of vigor indices and seedling growth uniformity, lengths of primary root, hypocotyl and whole seedlings). It was also determined whether the definition of seedling growth/uniformity ratios affects the sensitivity of the SVIS®. Results showed that analyses SVIS have provided consistent identification of seed lots performance, and have produced information comparable to those from recommended seed vigor tests, thus demonstrating a suitable sensitivity for a rapid and objective evaluation of physiological potential of cucumber seeds. Analyses of four-days-old cucumber seedlings using the SVIS® are more accurate and growth/uniformity does not affect the precision of results.

Keywords : Cucumis sativus; quality control; germination; vigor.

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