Assistant Professor, Faculty of Natural Resources, University of Tehran, Iran
Ph.D. Student of Range Management, Faculty of Natural Resources, University of Tehran, Iran
Physiological effect of five levels of water stress (0,-0.3,-6,-9 and -1.2MP) was studied on seed germination and tigella as well as radicule growth length in two different Artemisia species namely: Artemisia spicigera and Artemisia fragrans. Polyethylene glycol (PEG) was used to provide appropriate water potentials. A total of 50 seeds were sown from each Artemisia species. Experimental design was a factorial one of complete randomized design. Maximum germination rate was obtained at -0.3 MP. Germination rate, and tigella & radicule growth lengths declined with decreasing water potential level. Artemisia spicigera was more resistant to water stress in comparison with Artemisia fragrans.