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Effect of storage containers and moisture levels on the seed quality of Lentil (Lens culinaris L.)

Kamrul Hasan, Ayman El Sabagh, Mohammad Sohidul Islam


The effect of moisture levels and storage containers on the quality of lentil seed was investigated in the laboratory of Agronomy Department, Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University (HSTU) Dinajpur, Bangladesh during March-April 2016. Three seed containers viz, sealed container, poly bag and gunny bag and three moisture levels i.e. 8.88 %, 12.23 % and 14.10 % were included in the study. Lentil seeds of 8.88% initial moisture level were found in the best condition in respect of germination, shoot and root length, vigour index and the least fungal incidence. The highest germination percent (85.39%), the longest shoot length (17.67 cm) and root length (8.77 cm), and the least fungal incidence (11.67%) were found in sealed container with 8.88% moisture level, while the lowest germination percent (55.99%), the shortest shoot length (11.60 cm) and root length (4.64 cm), and the highest fungal infection (28.00%) were found in the gunny bag of 14.10% moisture level. Among the three containers, sealed container was the best and the gunny bag was the worst storage containers for storage of lentil seed up to 45 days. It is concluded that minimum moisture level and air tight sealed storage container have the greatest benefit for storing seeds and maintaining quality seeds.


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