African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6638

Short Communication

Pre-sowing temperature treatment effect on emergence of Cucumis myriocarpus seedlings

T. P. Mafeo
  • T. P. Mafeo
  • School of Agriculture and Environmental Science, University of Limpopo, Private Bag X 1106, Sovenga, 0727, Republic of South Africa.
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  •  Received: 03 June 2012
  •  Accepted: 12 June 2014
  •  Published: 27 June 2014


Efficacy of Cucumis myriocarpus fruit crude extracts on suppression of Meloidogyne incognita is well documented in Indigenous Cucumis technologies. Currently, test fruits are collected from the wild, and this unreliable source cannot meet the quantities required for producing a commercial bio-pesticides. Thus, objective of this work was to evaluate effect of temperature-exposure of C. myriocarpus seeds on seedling emergence. Treatments comprising 5, 25, 35, 45 and 55°C, arranged in a randomized complete block design (RCBD), with 10 replications. Seedling emergence responded linearly to temperature ranges, which suggested additional work to determine maximum temperature for denaturing inhibitory germination chemicals on seeds of wild cucumber.


Key words: Bio-pesticides, indigenous cucumis technologies, seed dormancy, seedling emergence, temperature pre-treatment.