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Environ Exp Biol (2015) 13:
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Environ Exp Biol (2015) 13:

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Effect of sulfuric acid treatment on breaking of seed dormancy and germination of Indian doum palm, Hyphaene dichotoma, a threatened and endemic palm

Mafatlal M. Kher, M. Nataraj*,
B.R. Doshi School of Biosciences, Sardar Patel University, Sardar Patel Maidan, Vadtal Road, P.O. Box 39, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat, 388120, India
*Corresponding author, E-mail: mnatarajspu@gmail.com


Hyphaene dichotoma (White) Furtado belongs to the Arecaceae family of and is a threatened species included in the IUCN red data list. In the present investigation, an attempt was made to germinate seeds of H. dichotoma. Successful seed germination was achieved in soil and sand mixture (1:1) when seeds were treated with 10% sulphuric acid for 24 h. This study will be helpful for further investigations on seed germination and conservation of H. dichotoma and related species.

Key words: Hyphaene dichotoma, seed germination, Indian doum palm, rare plant species.

Environ Exp Biol (2015) 13:
 DOI: http://doi.org/10.22364/eeb

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