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[nafex] Apple seed stratification

Dear Group,

     Dr. Leon Atlas, here in Houston, has frequently stratified apple and
other seeds in the refrigerator in water containing a few drops of Subdue
fungicide.  The germination percentage is excellent.  His theory is that of
a group of seeds, obtained and stratified at the same time, perhaps from a
series of crosses, those that germinate the earliest will be the ones most
likely to result in a low-chill plant.  Those that germinate late, will be
unlikely to be low-chill.  For pomologists in the North, this would not be
of importance.  In the South, if true, this would be a useful screening
technique.  Does anyone know if there is any scientific basis to this theory
or if it has been studied?

                                  Regards, Ethan