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TUNES, Lilian Madruga de et al. Accelerated aging of ryegrass seeds submitted to saturated salt solution. Cienc. Rural [online]. 2011, vol.41, n.1, pp.33-37. ISSN 0103-8478.

The objective of the present study was to evaluate the methodology of the accelerated aging test to evaluate the physiological potential of s ryegrass seeds, as well as verify the possibility of the use of unsaturated and saturated solution of NaCl as an option for control of water uptake by seeds during the test without reducing its sensitivity. Four lots of ryegrass seeds were tested for germination, seedling emergence, speed emergence and accelerated aging (periods of 24, 48, 72 and 96h, with or without the use of saturated and saline solution of NaCl). The use of unsaturated and saturated solution of NaCl reduces water absorption by ryegrass seeds during the accelerated aging test, resulting in a rate of deterioration is less pronounced ,less drastic and more uniform results. Option 24h with unsaturated solution (SNS) was only able to stratify plots into two groups and should not be designated as promising. Thus, it should be used the 48h saturated NaCl solution (SSS), which stratified into three lots.

Palavras-chave : Lolium multiflorum L.; NaCl; germination; vigor.

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