Show simple item record

dc.contributorRihawi, Safouhen_US
dc.contributorCocks, Phil S.en_US
dc.contributorOsman, A. E.en_US
dc.contributorRussi, L.en_US
dc.creatorF Thomson, Euanen_US
dc.identifier.citationEuan F Thomson, Safouh Rihawi, Phil S. Cocks, A. E. Osman, L. Russi. (27/3/2009). Recovery and germination rates of seeds of Mediterranean medics and clovers offered to sheep at a single meal or continuously. The Journal of Agricultural Science, 114 (3), pp. 295-299.en_US
dc.description.abstractMeasurements were made of the recovery and germination rates of seed of eight species of annual medic (Medicago spp.) and three of clover (Trifolium spp.) after ingestion by sheep. Recovery of medic seed was measured as the number of seeds collected from faeces after feeding, in addition to a basal diet, either (i) 200 g of pods at a single meal, or (ii) a quantity of pods estimated to contain 30000 seeds at a single meal or (iii) 200 g of pods daily for 21 days. Only the first method was applied to the clovers. There were large differences (P < 0·001) in seed recovery between species, from < 2% to nearly 20% in medics, and up to 59% in T. campestre, which has low single-seed mass. Although there was a curvilinear decrease in seed recovery as single-seed mass increased (r2 = 0·80), the high recovery of M. rotata, a fairly large-seeded species, suggests that there are important differences between species, irrespective of seed size. When 200 g of medic pods was offered to sheep at a single meal, mean seed recovery was slightly lower than when 200 g of medic pods was offered daily for 21 days. Seed recovery of medics was much higher (P < 0·001) when 30000 seeds were offered at one meal. Germination rate before ingestion was 1·9–6·5% (P < 0·001) for hard-seeded medics and 2·7–9·7% (P < 0·001) for clovers with low single-seed mass; passage through the digestive tract increased (P < 0·001) germination rate in both medics and clovers.en_US
dc.rightsCopyrighted; all rights reserveden_US
dc.sourceThe Journal of Agricultural Science;114,(2009) Pagination 295,299en_US
dc.subjectmedicago spp.en_US
dc.subjecttrifolium spp.en_US
dc.subjectseed recoveryen_US
dc.titleRecovery and germination rates of seeds of Mediterranean medics and clovers offered to sheep at a single meal or continuouslyen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
cg.subject.agrovocgermination rateen_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.funderInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.projectCommunication and Documentation Information Services (CODIS)en_US
cg.contributor.project-lead-instituteInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
dc.identifier.statusTimeless limited accessen_US

Files in this item


There are no files associated with this item.

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

DSpace software copyright © 2002-2016  DuraSpace
MELSpace content providers and partners accept no liability to any consequence resulting from use of the content or data made available in this repository. Users of this content assume full responsibility for compliance with all relevant national or international regulations and legislation.
Theme by 
Atmire NV