A new, simple and reliable germination test can now make seed bank management easier.
A new, simple and reliable germination test can now make seed bank management easier.
Photo: University of Osnabrück/Klaus Mummenhoff

08.08.2019

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Since seed patterns have to be regularly tested for germinability, seed bank management is complicated. Now scientists at the University of Osnabrück/Germany have developed an efficient germination test.

Both wild and useful plant diversity is declining rapidly. One option to retain plant biodiversity is seed banks. However, the management of such collections is a complicated process, since the stored seeds have to be regularly tested for their germinability. Tests applied so far have proven to be unreliable. Now scientists at the University of Osnabrück have developed a germination test that does not bear these disadvantages and have given an account of the new technique in the renowned specialist journal "Trends in Plant Science".

As Osnabrück biologists Said Mohammed, Samik Bhattacharya and Klaus Mummenhoff report in a press release, tests used so far are partially unreliable and time-consuming, and they require considerable labour input. Moreover, the seeds tested can easily be damaged.

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