Seed Priming: A Strategy to Mitigate Flooding Stress in Pulses

Santu Giri *

Department of Agronomy, Lovely Professional University (LPU), Phagwara-144411, Punjab, India.

Tanushree Saha

Department of Agricultural Extension, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya (BCKV), Mohanpur- 741252, West Bengal, India.

Madhurima Maiti

Department of Agricultural Extension, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya (BCKV), Mohanpur- 741252, West Bengal, India.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

Aim: This study delves into the multifaceted role of seed priming in mitigating flooding stress, with a specific focus on its applications in pulse crops.

Area of Study: Through controlled hydration-dehydration cycles and the utilization of specific priming agents, seed priming emerges as a powerful tool to enhance germination seedling vigor and stress tolerance. The impact of flooding stress on pulse plants, encompassing morphological changes, physiological alterations, and yield reduction, underscores the urgency of developing effective mitigation strategies. Seed priming mechanisms, including enhanced nutrient uptake, activation of antioxidant defenses and hormonal modulation, are explored in detail. The study not only provides insights into the integration of seed priming into crop management practices but also offers practical recommendations for farmers and agricultural practitioners. The implications for agriculture and food security are significant, as seed-primed crops demonstrate increased resilience to environmental stresses, ensuring more stable yields. The economic implications for farmers, coupled with the potential for sustainable agricultural practices, highlight the transformative potential of seed priming in addressing global challenges.

Conclusion: The dissemination of knowledge and implementation efforts are crucial for bridging the gap between research findings and on-field applications. Policymakers and stakeholders are urged to support and incentivize the adoption of seed priming technologies, contributing to the long-term resilience of crops, and ensuring global food security. In conclusion, seed priming stands as a promising solution, offering a pathway towards sustainable and resilient agricultural systems in the face of environmental challenges.

Keywords: Seed priming, flood tolerance, pulse crops, germination, stress resilience, crop management


How to Cite

Giri , Santu, Tanushree Saha, and Madhurima Maiti. 2024. “Seed Priming: A Strategy to Mitigate Flooding Stress in Pulses”. International Journal of Environment and Climate Change 14 (3):42-55. https://doi.org/10.9734/ijecc/2024/v14i34018.

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