Global Advanced Research Journal of Agricultural Science (GARJAS) ISSN: 2315-5094
January 2016 Vol. 5(1): pp. 028-032
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Full Length Research Paper
Effect of different scarification methods on the germination of Petai Belalang (Leucaena leucocephala) seed
Department of Agricultural Technology, Federal Polytechnic, Mubi
Accepted 21 January, 2016
The germination of seeds is sometimes impaired by certain physical nature of the seed themselves. The prolong period witnessed in establishing the Leucaena leucocephala plants as an immediate forage crop for livestock feed is impaired by delaying germination due to dormancy. An experiment was conducted in a laboratory in September, 2013 to test different methods of scarification of Leucaena leucocephala seed to determine the fastest and most effective way of breaking this inherent germination barrier in the seed. A randomized complete block design was used with mechanical scarification, soaking of seeds in hot water, and the control as a treatment, replicated three times. The result reveals that mechanical scarification using sand paper was a better option for breaking dormancy in Leucaena leucocephala seeds for use as forage.
Keywords: Leucaena leucocephala, scarification, germination, seeds.