has been garnering interest in recent times as a potential biodiesel feedstock crop due to its high seed oil content (up to 50 %). There have been reports of seed dormancy in this crop, which can be a deterrent to its commercial cultivation. In this study, different pre-treatment methods to break seed dormancy were compared. Citrullus colocynthis
is drought resistant, as established from the fact that it grows as a weed in arid and semi-arid lands. The tolerance of this crop to different levels of salinity during germination in vitro was investigated. An effective treatment to break seed dormancy was identified and locally collected germplasm was screened for salinity tolerance.
—Biodiesel feedstock, salinity tolerance, germination efficiency.
Kiran Menon, Aswathy Preetha Jayakumar, and Neeru Sood are with the Department of Biotechnology, Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, Dubai Campus (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mohammad Shahid and Nanduri K. Rao are with the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture, Dubai UAE (e-mail: email@example.com).
Cite:Kiran Menon, Aswathy Preetha Jayakumar, Mohammad Shahid, Neeru Sood, and Nanduri K. Rao, "Seed Dormancy and Effect of Salinity on Germination of Citrullus Colocynthis," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 5, no. 6, pp. 566-569, 2014.