Can Cotton (Cossypium hirsutum) Seed Vigor Be Assessed in the Absence of Growth?
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AbstractAlthough seed vigor is ultimately expressed in terms of growth, it is not clear if metabolic processes unlinked to growth can also estimate vigor. The objective of this study was to determine if the relationship between seed vigor and ethanol metabolism differed depending on whether seed growth was presence or absence. For individua1 imbibed cotton seed, ethanol assimilation in air and ethanol biosynthesis in N₂ gas was correlated to seed vigor as measured by cool test performance. Seed growth in N₂ gas was prevented by the addition of polyethylene glycol. Results were inconclusive, because seed performance (radicle growth) during cool testing was not significantly correlated to either ethanol biosynthesis or ethanol assimilation. It was concluded that ethanol metabolism both in the absence and presence of seed growth has limited usefulness as a metabolic marker of cotton seed vigor.