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Woody Plant Research Featured on Cover of “HortTechnology” Journal

Research by NDSU faculty Drs. Todd P. West and Chiwon W. Lee is featured in the April 2014 edition of "HortTechnology." The title of the article is "Germination of Nonstratified Japanese Tree Lilac Seeds as Influenced by Seed Capsule Maturity and Moisture Content."

Research completed by NDSU Department of Plant Sciences researchers Drs. Todd P. West and Chiwon W. Lee was featured in the April 2014 edition of HortTechnology (

The objective of their research was to determine if “green” seed could be used without the need of stratification for japanese tree lilac seedling production.

They found that seeds of japanese tree lilac collected from non-dehisced ripening green capsules prior to natural drying could be successfully germinated without stratification. Germination rates of 89.5% were achieved. Timing of fall seed collection was critical. They found that seeds must be harvested prior to seed capsule maturation, which precedes dormancy or the onset of embryo dormancy, in order to avoid the 30- to 90-day seed stratification requirement.

HortTechnology is a bi-monthly publication of the American Society of Horticultural Science ( HortTechnology publishes peer-reviewed technical horticultural information to help solve problems and deal with current challenges in production, education, and Extension.

To read the full article go to

Author: Dr. Todd West (701-231-6476,
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard (701-231-5382,

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