Degree Type

Creative Component

Semester of Graduation

Spring 2019

Department

Agronomy

First Major Professor

Shuizhang Fei

Degree(s)

Master of Science (MS)

Major(s)

Plant Breeding

Abstract

Northern Wild Rice (Zizania palustris), a temperate aquatic grass, is a niche crop grown largely in northern Minnesota, northern California, and Canada. Seed at harvest is dormant and requires stratification in cold water before germination can begin. Germination rates from stratified seed harvested at the beginning of the season are low and rates increase as the harvest season progresses. Variation from year-to-year is present in commercial cultivars, but germination testing after minimal stratification can identify potential germination issues allowing for adjustment at planting. Germination rates are similar among multiple commercial and experimental lines.

Copyright Owner

Jacques Duquette

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