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Legume Research - An International Journal
Year : 2015, Volume : 38, Issue : 2
First page : ( 185) Last page : ( 193)
Print ISSN : 0250-5371. Online ISSN : 0976-0571.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0976-0571.2015.00072.7

Improving vitamin content and nutritional value of legume yield through water and hormonal seed priming

Janeczko A.1*, Dziurka M.1, Ostrowska A.1, Biesaga-Koscielniak J.1, Koscielniak J.

Department of Plant Physiology, University of Agriculture in Krakow, Podluzna 3, 30–239, Krakow, Poland

1The Franciszek Górski Institute of Plant Physiology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Niezapominajek 21, 30–239, Krakow, Poland

*Corresponding author's e-mail: ania@belanna.strefa.pl

Online published on 26 May, 2015.

Abstract

Seed priming is one of the methods to improve plant vigour, overcome difficult habitat conditions, and consequently obtain a higher yield. Far less is known about effect of parental seed priming on quality of the seeds produced. The aim of our study was to evaluate the effect of water and hormonal (brassinosteroid) seed priming on the chemical content of the seed yield of pea and lupine, grown in a pot experiment and in the field. Pre-sowing water soaking of parental plant seeds resulted in significant increased protein, lipid, sugar, vitamin E, C and provitamin A content in seeds collected from these plants compared to the content in seeds collected from the control plants (without pre-sowing seed soaking). Priming with brassinosteroid enhanced these effects. The results showed that seed priming may be effectively used as a simple method for improving the quality of legume seeds.

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Keywords

24-Epibrassinolide, Lupine, Nutritional value, Pea, Seed priming, Vitamins.

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