Mubvuma et al
Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 3 (5), pp. 427-432, May 2013.
ISSN: 2276-7770 © 2011 Greener Journals
Manuscript Number: 121912328
Effect of storage temperature and duration on germination of moringa seeds (moringa oleifera)
Mubvuma M. T.1*, Mapanda S.2, and Mashonjowa E.3
1*Faculty of Agricultural Science, Department of Soil and Plant Science. Great Zimbabwe University. P.O . Box 1235, Masvingo, Zimbabwe.
2Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN).
sipiwemapanda @ yahoo. com
3Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Zimbabwe P.O. Box MP167,
Mount Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe.
1*Corresponding Author’s E-mail: mubvumamagm @ yahoo.co.uk,
Storing moringa seeds soon after harvesting at a specific
storage temperature and for specific storage duration may
affect the seed quality and germination percentages of the
seed. Thus, an experiment was carried out to determine the
storage temperature conditions and storage duration that may
be used by small holder farmers when storing moringa seed to
achieve optimum germination percentages. The results of the
study indicated that management of storage temperature and
storage duration of seed has potential to improve the seed
quality and germination percentage of moringa seed. Across
all the treatments, the results suggest that the quality of
the seed improves with prolonged storage period up until
three months, thereafter the quality of seed decrease with
storage time unless stored under low temperatures (10 0
C). Good germination results were achieved after
storing the seeds at a storage temperature of 25 0
C (ambient temperature) for a duration of 60 days.
Keywords: Storage temperature, storage duration, germination percentage, moringa seed.