sesame seed germination

Fred Lehle lehle at ARABIDOPSIS.COM
Fri Nov 21 15:39:38 EST 1997

According to=20

R.H. Ellis, T.D. Hong and E.H. Roberts. 1985.  Handbook of Seed =
Technology for=20
Genebanks Volume II.  Compendium of Specific Germination Information and =
Recommendations.  Int. Board for Plant Genetic Resources ISBN No. =
(see CGIAR's The Germplasm Maintenance & Use Group at =

Sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) seeds exhibit dormancy which is lost =
following a six-month after-ripening.  =20

Successful dormancy-breaking treatments recommended

1. Gibberellic Acid (GA3): preapplied, 48 h, 100-500 ppm
2. Gibberellic Acid (GA3): co-applied , 0.5-500 ppm, at 26 C in light, =
continous or dark
3. Indolebutyric acid: co-applied, 0.5-50 ppm, at 26 C in light, =
continous or dark
4. Coumarin: co-applied, 0.5-100, at 26 C in light, continuos or dark
5. 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid: co-applied, 0.5-500 ppm, at 26 C in =
light, continuous or dark

Two references are cited:

Ashri, A. and Palevitch, D. 1979.  Seed dormancy in sesame (S. indicum) =
and the effect of gibberellic
acid.  Experimental Agriculture 15: 81-83.

Chatterji, U.N. Sankhla, N. and Baxi, D. 1996.   Preliminary studies on =
the effects of certain growth substances on germination of Sesamum =
indicum Linn. seed.  Indian Agriculturists 10:46-56.

Fred Lehle, Ph.D.
lehle at

-----Original Message-----
From:	Jose Feijo [SMTP:jose.feijo at]
Sent:	Friday, November 21, 1997 7:27 AM
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Subject:	sesame seed germination

I would like to germinate sesame seeds for an experiment, but was unable =
get them growing (they did hydrate though). I was wondering if someone =
provide a reliabel protocol for sesame seed germination and growth under =

artificial conditions.
Thanks much

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