Permeability Measurements of Castor-Bean Seed Indicative of Cold-Test Performance

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Science  08 Apr 1960:
Vol. 131, Issue 3406, pp. 1045-1046
DOI: 10.1126/science.131.3406.1045


The conductivity and reducing-sugar content of water extracts of seeds were found to be correlated with stands produced under conditions favoring pre-emergence damping-off. Conductivity proved to be a rapid method of predicting relative differences in cold-test stands from lots of seed of the same variety.