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Saeideh Maleki Farahani, Alireza RezAzadeh, Mahdi Aghighi Shahverdi,
Volume 2, Issue 1 ((Spring and Summer) 2015)

In order to investigate the effect of an electromagnetic field and ultrasonic waves on the seed germination of Cuminum cyminum that two separate experiments using a completely randomized design with four replications was conducted at Seed Science and Technology Laboratory of Faculty Agricultural Sciences, the Shahed University of Tehran in 2012. In the first experiment, for the seeds of zero, 10 and 30 min exposure to electromagnetic field intensity was 88 microTesla. In the second test (ultrasonic waves), seeds for zero, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 min exposure ultrasonic waves’ intensity were 40 and 59 kHz. The interaction between the electromagnetic field and the length had a significant effect on the traits of length, fresh weight and dry weight of root and shoot, length and weight of root to shoot ratio, percent and rate germination and mean germination time. In most of the studied traits showed that electromagnetic field causes a significant decrease in the number of traits so that the control (zero M.T) had the highest value. The interaction of Ultrasonic waves at the time had a significant effect of on the most traits. Maximum germination percentage (100%) for the treatment of 40 kHz with duration of 4 and 6 minutes and mean germination time was highest in control (10.76 days) and 59 kHz treatment duration of 2 and 4 min (respectively 11.01 and 10.75 days). Generally, Cuminum cyminum seeds responded positively to the use of ultrasonic waves (In contrast field) and germination index was significantly increased in this case.

Hamide Azad, Bahman Fazeli Nasab, Ali Sobhanizade,
Volume 4, Issue 1 ((Spring and Summer) 2017)

An experiment was conducted to investigate the effects of jasmonic and humic acids on some seed germination characteristics of Roselle under the salt stress condition in a factorial experiment, adopting a completely randomized design with three replications. Treatments included four different levels of salinity stresses: 0, 70, 140 and 210 mM; four levels of Jasmonic Acid: 0, 50, 150 and 200 mM and three levels of humic acid: 0, 40 and 80 mM. The results showed that the effect of salinity on all the traits studied was significant except the ratio of the length of root and shoot. With an increase in salinity stress condition from 70 to 210 mM, there were 39% decrease in germination percentage, 55% in germination rate, 45% in fresh and dry weight, 30% in root length, 42% in shoot length, 37% in seedling length, 67% in longitudinal index and 61% in the weighted power, as compared with the control. However, the longitudinal power index increased. In addition, the use of jasmonic acid and humic acids had a significant effect on the traits studied. The interaction of the salt and hormones had a significant impact on plant fresh and dry weight, the length of the root, germination percentage, power weight index and average time needed for 50 percent germination. Given that the highest rate of root length and plant fresh and dry weight belonged to the interaction of humic and jasmonic acid in the absence of salinity, that in the presence of humic acid (with 80 mM concentration), Rosselle can bear salinity up to 140 mM and maintain stamina root length and that the germination rate of Rosselle increases by adding jasmonic acid up to 200 mM,  one can conclude that the interaction of jasmonic and humic acids not only improves germination rate, but it also contributes to root length because, with an increase in root length, Rosselle can bear water stress conditions.

  1.  Jasmonic acid and humic acid increase the Rosselle germination in salinity condition.
  2. Jasmonic acid and humic acid increase Rosselle the root length in salinity condition.

Elnaz Mohamadian, Hormozdyar Kianmehr, Hojjat Ataei Somagh, Neda Azad Nafas Mahjor, Fatemeh Safari, Arezo Safarzadeh,
Volume 5, Issue 1 ((Spring and Summer) 2018)

DOR: 98.1000/2383-1251.1397.

Extended abstract
 Introduction: Stevia is a perennial short day plant, belonging to the Asteraceae family. It is also called sugar leaf. Poor germination of this plant serves as a barrier for its planation on a large scale, which contributes to its scarcity and expensivenss as a medicinal herb. In many plants, seed germination is sensitive to salinity, which determines the survival of the plants in saline soils. High levels of soil salinity can significantly reduce germination and seedling growth due to the effects of high osmotic potential and ion toxicity. Jasmonates represent new plant growth regulators that play an important role in increasing the resistance of plants to environmental stresses, including salinity stress. Therefore, this experiment was conducted to study the effect of pre-treatment of seed with methyl jasmonate on germination indices and biochemical traits of stevia, as a medicinal herb, under salinity stress.
Materials and Methods: They study was conducted, adopting a completely randomized design with three replications in the year 2016 in the Professor Hassabi’s Laboratory of Plant Biology, Islamic Azad University, Islamshahr Branch. The factors were pre-treatment of methyl jasmonate in 5 levels (0, 2.5, 5, 10 and 15 μM) and salinity stress at 4 levels (0, 3, 6 and 9 dS m-1). At the end of the experiment, germination traits percentage and germination rate, mean germination time, germination value, seedling length, seedling index, total chlorophyll, proline, activity of the enzyme catalase, peroxidase and superoxide dismutase were measured.
Results: The results of the study showed that effects of salinity stress, methyl jasmonate and interaction between salinity and methyl jasmonate were significant on the germination percentage and germination rate, mean germination time, germination value, seedling index, total chlorophyll, proline and catalase enzyme activity. Seed priming with 5 μM methyl jasmonate at salinity level with electrical conductivity of zero ds/m, had the highest germination percentage and rate, germination value, seed vigor index, and total chlorophyll content. Increases in salt stress and methyl jasmonate increased the activity of catalase enzyme. Salinity reduced germination index and seedling stoichiation and increased activity of peroxidase and superoxide dismutase enzymes. However, seed priming with methyl jasmonate improved seed germination through germination percentage, germination rate and seed vigor index and moderated the effects of salt stress.
Conclusions: Given the results of this study, it could be said that methyl jasmonate, as a potent inhibitor, can reduce the negative effects of salinity and by increasing germination indices such as germination percentage and germination rate, it can be effective in improving the growth of Stevia. Of course, further research can produce more definitive results.
  1. Salinity had a negative effect whereas methyl jasmonate had a positive effect on germination indices and activity of antioxidant enzymes of Stevia seeds.
  2. Application of 5 μM of methyl jasmonate, as a pre-treatment, can be effective in improving the growth of the stevia plant and reducing the negative effects of salinity.

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