Effect of seed stimulation on germination and sugar beet yield
H. Szajsner 2
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E. Grzyś 3
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A. Demczuk 3
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E. Sacała 3
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Department of Crop Production, Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, C.K. Norwida 25/27, 50-375 Wrocław, Poland
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Department of Genetics, Plant Breeding and Seed Production, Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, C.K. Norwida 25/27, 50-375 Wrocław, Poland
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Department of Plant Nutrition, Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, C.K. Norwida 25/27, 50-375 Wrocław, Poland
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Syngenta Seeds, Powązkowska 44c, 01-797 Warszawa, Poland
 
Int. Agrophys. 2013, 27(2): 195–201
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Germination and sugar beet yield after seed stimulation were investigated. The seeds came from the energ'hill technology and were subject to laser irradiation. The experiments were conducted in the laboratory and field conditions. Lengthening of germinal roots and hypocotyls was observed. A positive effect of the stimulation on the morphological features was observed for the Eh seeds and laser irradiation applied in a three-fold dose. The energ'hill seeds exhibited a significantly higher content of carotenoids in seedlings and an increase in the content of chlorophylls. Laser light irradiation favourably modified the ratio of chlorophyll a to b. The leaves and roots of plants developed from the energ'hill and irradiated seeds were characterized by higher dry matter content thanin non-stimulated seeds. Seed stimulation had a positive influence on yielding and the saccharose content.
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