Permeation of Dry Seeds with Chemicals: Use of Dichloromethane

Science  12 Feb 1971:
Vol. 171, Issue 3971, pp. 583-584
DOI: 10.1126/science.171.3971.583


Dichloromethane can be used to introduce chemicals into dry seeds in the absence of water. The solvent has no effect on germination or respiration. The chemicals become effective when the seeds are placed in water under normal conditions for germination. The potential of the new method is discussed.