Influence of seed fortification treatment with leaf extract on seedling production in bael tree (Aegle marmelos L.)

Abstract : In cultivation of medicinal trees, seed germination is a very important problem. Various seed enhancements are being adopted nowadays to improve seedling emergence. Among these seed enhancement, seed fortification is an efficient method for increasing of seed vigour and improvement of germination and seedling growth. The laboratory experiment was conducted at the Department of Seed Science and Technology, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore. The present study was conducted for evaluation of ecofriendly seed treatment with three botanical fresh leaf extracts in two concentrations with the soaking durations of 3 and 6h in Bael (Aegle marmelos). The results revealed that soaking of seeds in one per cent moringa (Moringa oleifera) leaf extract for 6h adopting 1:1 seed to solution ratio enhanced the seedling quality characters of bael in germination room and it was followed by 0.5 per cent tamarind (Tamarindus indica) leaf extract. On evaluation of these treatments at polypot nursery upto three months also exposed the efficacy of these treatments in production elite seedlings.