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Quick tests for tree seed viability

Author(s) or contact(s): C.L. Leadem
Source: Research Branch
Subject: Seeds and Pollen
Series: Land Management Report
Other details:  Published 1984. Hardcopy is available.


The purpose of this manual is to document the procedures of four quick tests commonly used for Tree seeds - the hydrogen peroxide, tetrazolium, x-ray, and x-ray contrast tests.

The manual is written for a wide audience - researchers, seed technologists, tree breeders, nurserymen, and anyone interested in the rapid assessment of tree seed quality - and assumes the user has had no previous experience with quick tests.

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Updated December 16, 2008