Seed Quality Improvement in Okra through Specific Gravity Separation


  • H S Yogeesha Author
  • B L Kashinath Author
  • K Bhanuprakash Author
  • L B Naik Author



Okra, Specific Gravity Separation, Seed Quality, Black Seed


A study was conducted to assess the efficiency of specific gravity separator in removing partially filled/chaffy seeds of okra during 2007 and 2008. Bulk seed, after extraction, was first subjected to an air screen cleaner with three screens. Then, the good seed fraction obtained was subjected to specific gravity separation. Three fractions were obtained, viz., heavy, medium and light and they were assessed for quality, along with ungraded seed. Test weight, germination percentage, first count, seedling vigour indices I&II and field emergence were significantly higher in the heavy seed fraction than in ungraded seed. Black seed content in heavy seed fraction was significantly low, thereby improving seed quality. Rejection percentage in terms of light and medium seed fractions put together was 3.5% and 12% in 2007 and 2008, respectively. By removal of these fractions, percentage of field emergence improved from 63% to 82% in 2007, and 62.8 to 76.4% in 2008, respectively.


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Yogeesha, H. S., Kashinath, B. L., Bhanuprakash, K., & Naik, L. B. (2013). Seed Quality Improvement in Okra through Specific Gravity Separation. Journal of Horticultural Sciences, 8(1), 70-73.

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