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Methods for ex vitro germination of Australian terrestrial orchids

Quay, L., McComb, J.A. and Dixon, K.W. (1995) Methods for ex vitro germination of Australian terrestrial orchids. HortScience, 30 (7). pp. 1445-1446.

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Abstract

Seeds of two Australian terrestrial orchid species (Caladenia latifolia R.Br. and Diuris magnifica D. Jones) were germinated in a potting mix of Allocasuarina fraseriana (Miq.) L. Johnson leaf mulch and perlite (1:1). The potting mix was irradiated (7 Gy for 14 hours), steam pasteurized (70C for 30 minutes) or nontreated, and inoculated with the appropriate mycorrhizal fungus for each species, a sterile red fungus (SRF), or both. Protocorm formation and green shoots were evident at 8 and 10 weeks, respectively, after seed sowing. The highest mean number of seedlings was 84 for C. latifolia and 234 for D. magnifica per 270-ml container in pasteurized potting mix inoculated with mycorrhizal fungi and SRF. Shoots were longest after 20 weeks (28 mm for C. latifolia and 52 mm for D. magnifica, respectively) in pasteurized potting mix inoculated with mycorrhizal fungi only. Germination was absent in control treatments without mycorrhizal fungi; with SRF only; or in nonsterile potting mix with mycorrhizal fungi, SRF, or both.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Publisher: American Society for Horticultural Science
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/16478
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