Canadian Forest Service Publications

A carbon-13 magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance study of the germination of conifer seeds. 1996. Sayer, B.G.; Preston, C.M Seed Science and Technology 24: 321-329.

Year: 1996

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 4680

Language: English

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Abstract

Several nuclear magnetic resonance techniques have been evaluated as to their usefulness in assessing the readiness of conifer seeds to germinate. A non-destructive method has been developed using magic angle spinning that provides an insight into the metabolic processes taking place during the early stages of germination. By following chemical changes due to the effect of enzyme activity on the various lipid components, the readiness to germinate can be determined within two days after stratification. It is anticipated that this method will result in savings in both time and manpower.