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Birte Boelt

From emergence to flowering: Four Beet (Beta vulgaris ssp.) Cultivars’ Phenological Response to Seed Priming

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Beta vulgaris comprise various variety groups that are cultivated for vegetative or reproductive production. As a biennial crop, beets have a photothermal induction requirement for the transition from the vegetative to the reproductive stage. Bolting and flowering are not desirable when beets are cultivated for vegetative production and are suppressed during breeding programs, though these structures are important in seed production. Therefore, the potential of seed hydro priming as an enhancement technique to partially induce vernalization in seeds was evaluated. Following hydro priming, seeds were sown in October 2018 and evaluated during three selected phenological stages. Treating seeds with hydro priming significantly improved the emergence rate in all four tested cultivars. Moreover, treatments significantly lowered the required growing degree days (GDD) for transition to the reproductive stage in all four tested cultivars. Regardless of the treatment effect on an individual developmental stage, the treatment efficiency should be evaluated on the whole production process, depending on the purpose of production. The focus of this study was mainly on improvement of seed production performance. The outcome showed the potential of priming to influence the reproductive stages of the plant life cycle rather than just the germination.

Original languageEnglish
Article number863
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

    Research areas

  • Bolting, GDD, Photothermal induction, Seed enhancement, Seed production, Topping, Vernalization

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