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Pollen viability and pollen vigor

by K. R. Shivanna, H. F. Linskens, M. Cresti
Theoretical and Applied Genetics ()

Abstract

Investigations were carried out to correlate pollen viability, assessed on the basis of a fluorochromatic reaction (FCR) test, with pollen vigor, assessed on the basis of the time taken for in vitro germination in pollen grains subjected to high humidity (>95% RH) and temperature (38 °C) or storage stress of Nicotiana tabacum, Agave sp., Tradescantia virginiana, and Iris sp. Both high RH and temperature, as well as storage stresses, affected pollen vigor before affecting pollen viability. The results are discussed in the light of available data on the viability and vigor of stressed pollen and of aged seeds. The need for consideration of pollen vigor, particularly in stored pollen, the inadequacy of the methods presently used, and some of the methods suitable to assess pollen vigor are elaborated.

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