Journal of Applied and Natural Science 6 (2): 711-715 (2014)
Studies on the variation in germination and seedling growth of Abies pindrow
Spach. (Royle) in Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, India.
Haseeb Ul Rashid Masoodi1*, Manisha Thapliyal1 and V. R. R Singh2
1Silviculture Division, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, Uttarakhand-248006, INDIA
2Additional PCCF (M&E), HPSFD, Solan (H.P.), INDIA
*Corresponding author. E-mail: email@example.com
Abstract : Abies pindrow species is facing a problem of
natural regeneration and the absence of adequate regeneration in Indian fir
forests has drawn the attention of forest officers, researchers and scientists
for a long time. The present study was undertaken in the state of Uttarakhand
where four sites bearing A. pindrow forests were selected. The study
was conducted to compare the seeds of the four sites to draw relevant
conclusions. Two sites Mundali and Deoban fall under Chakrata forest division
and Bhukki and Dharali sites fall under Uttarkashi forest division. The aim of
the study was to determine variation in germination of seeds of A. pindrow
collected from four locations in the state of Uttarakhand. A significant
variation was observed in seed germination (germination percent, mean
germination time, peak value, germination energy, germination value, germination
speed) and seed growth parameters (seed length, seed width and seed thickness).
The seed source of Dharali site was found as the best source followed by Deoban
in comparison to other two sites. Dharali site showed highest germination
percentage (25%), highest germination value (2.664) and highest germination
energy (25.00) from its seed source, thereby concluding to be the best seed
source site. The viable and healthy seed source can be considered to be most
fruitful in propagation and regeneration techniques..
Keywords : Abies pindrow, Germination percent, Germination
time, Germination speed, Germination value.