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Interdisciplinary International Science Journal

Volume 41 (2023)
Issue 4B
Page No. 2618



Prabal Kumar, Vedpal Singh

Environment and Ecology 41 (4B) : 2618—2624, October—December 2023
Article DOI:
ISSN 0970-0420

Effect of Methods of Seed Collection on Quality and 
Storability of Prinsepia utilis Royle (Bhekal) Seed

Prabal Kumar, Vedpal Singh

Received 29 May 2023, Accepted 19 October 2023, Published on 29 November 2023


The effect of different methods of seed collection on seed viability and vigour of Prinsepia utilis Royle (bhekal) were studied. Bhekal fruits were collected using two methods: (a) directly from plant branches (green, purple-green, and violet fruits) and (b) fruits collected from the ground under the plant (fallen fruits and fruits eaten by birds). Data collected were arc-sin transformed before being subjected to a two-way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA). The Least Significant Difference (LSD) was used to compare the significantly different treatment means at a 5% probability level. Seeds collected directly from the branches showed significant differences from fruits collected from the ground under the plant in terms of germination percentage (G%), mean germination time (MGT days), and germination value (GV). The fruits directly collected from branches don’t show any significant difference regarding germination percentage and mean germination time. Violet fruits showed maximum germination value as compared to green and purple-green fruits. There were no significant differences in fruits collected from the ground and fruit eaten by birds in terms of germination percentage, mean germination time, and germination value. Seeds collected directly from branches- violet showed a maximum mean viability period (P50) of 72 days compared to all.

Keywords   Prinsepia utilis, seed, collection, extraction, storage, viability.

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