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1 January 2004 Spore Viability Under Different Storage Conditions in Four Rupicolous Asplenium L. Taxa
Cristina F. Aragon, Emilia Pangua
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Abstract

Spore germination of four rupicolous taxa of Asplenium (A. adiantum-nigrum. var. adiantum-nigrum, A. adiantum.nigrum. var. silesiacum, A. septentrionale subsp. septentrionale and A. ruta-muraria. subsp. ruta-muraria) was determined after 1, 6, and 12 months of storage in Eppendorf tubes (dry storage) or on agar plates (wet storage) at −20, 5 and 20°C. In general, technique and temperature factors and the moisture-temperature interaction, had a significant effect on germination percentage. In all cases, except for A. ruta-muraria, germination percentage was maintained in wet and dry storage, but in the dry storage method percent germination was higher. These results indicate some capacity of Asplenium spores to withstand desiccation, and that ecological requirements of species may influence spore viability and should be taken into account when designing spore conservation programs. Spores of A. ruta-muraria yielded better results in wet storage. In dry storage its response was different from that of the other three taxa. Wet storage at −20°C killed all or most spores of all taxa.

Cristina F. Aragon and Emilia Pangua "Spore Viability Under Different Storage Conditions in Four Rupicolous Asplenium L. Taxa," American Fern Journal 94(1), 28-38, (1 January 2004). https://doi.org/10.1640/0002-8444(2004)094[0028:SVUDSC]2.0.CO;2
Published: 1 January 2004
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