BITTU RAM*, S. S. JAKHAR, DIGAMBER AND SATPAL
Department of Seed Science and Technology,
Forage Section, Department of Genetics & Plant Breeding,
CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar-125004 (Haryana), India
*(e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org)
(Received : 16 April 2020; Accepted : 02 June 2020)
The present investigation was carried out at Department of Seed Science and Technology, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar (Haryana), India to assess the effect of plant oils treatments and storage containers on seed quality and storability in sorghum. The seeds of forage sorghum variety HJ 541 were treated with plant oils and stored in three containers. The two factor experiment comprising of ten different treatments including plant oils were given to seeds (T0 – Untreated, T1 – Castor oil @ 2 ml/kg seed, T2 – Neem oil @ 2 ml/kg seed, T3 – Aonla oil @ 2 ml/kg seed, T4 – Til oil @ 2 ml/kg seed, T5 – Linseed oil @ 2 ml/kg seed, T6 – Karanj oil @ 2 ml/kg seed, T7 – Akhrot oil @ 2 ml/kg seed, T8 – Ajwain oil @ 2ml/kg seed, T9 – Carbendazim @ 2 g/kg seed) and kept in different containers (C1: Cloth bag, C2: Polythene bag and C3: Metal box) under ambient conditions in laboratory in three replicates. All the treatment combinations were evaluated for seed quality parameters viz. germination, shoot length, root length, seedling dry weight and vigour indices (I and II). All the treatments showed better performance as compared to untreated control. The neem oil (2 ml/kg of seed) performed better than others and among containers polythene bag was proved better followed by metal box and cloth bag for storability at ambient condition. Seed quality parameters found decreased with the passage of time in all the containers and treatments with the progress of storage period.
Key words:Forage sorghum, plant oil, carbendazim, container, seed treatment, seed quality and vigour