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Concept and Methods of Seed Priming

Seed priming is a pre-sowing treatment that involves controlled hydration process in which seeds are dipped in water or any solution for a specific time period to allow the seed to complete its metabolic activities before sowing and then re-dried to original moisture content. Seed priming influences the seedling development by stimulating pre-germination metabolic activities prior to the emergence of radicle and improvement in the germination rate and performance of plant. The most important factors to be considered while priming are seed: solution ratio; duration of soaking, temperature and method of drying. Among the different seed enhancement techniques, hydropriming could be a suitable treatment under salinity stress and drought-prone environments.