Vigor testing in small-seeded horticultural crops

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionpeer-review

2 Scopus citations


Vigor is an important characteristic of seed lots and can be defined as the inherent ability of seeds within a seed lot to establish normal (or usable) seedlings under diverse growing environments. Vigor is a complex seed attribute determined by plant genetics, the seed production environment and post-harvest processing and handling. Seed vigor is routinely evaluated for commercial seed lots, but vigor testing can be more challenging in small-seeded horticultural crops compared to larger-seeded agronomic crops. This manuscript provides an overview of selected vigor testing methods suitable for small-seeded horticultural crops.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Fourth International Symposium on Seed, Transplant and Stand Establishment of Horticultural Crops
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Feb 2008

Publication series

NameActa Horticulturae
ISSN (Print)0567-7572


  • Accelerated aging
  • Biochemical
  • Cold test
  • Flower seeds
  • Germination
  • Standard germination
  • Vegetable seeds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Horticulture


Dive into the research topics of 'Vigor testing in small-seeded horticultural crops'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this