Pre stimulation by gibberellic acid and the effect of extremely diluted agitated gibberellic acid on wheat stalk growth

Authors

  • Sonja Hribar-Marko Interuniversity College for Health and Development Graz / Castle of Seggau, Austria
  • Waltraud Scherer-Pongratz Interuniversity College for Health and Development Graz / Castle of Seggau, Austria
  • Harald Lothaller Interuniversity College for Health and Development Graz / Castle of Seggau, Austria
  • Peter Christina Endler Interuniversity College

Keywords:

homeopathy, wheat stalk growth, gibberellic acid, high dilution

Abstract

Background: In previous multicentre studies[1,2], the influence of a homeopathic ultra high dilution of gibberellic acid on wheat growth was scrutinized. Data showed that this test dilution slowed down stalk growth when experiments were performed in autumn season. Aim: To test the hypothesis that pre treatment of grains with high concentrations of gibberellic acid will enhance the effect of the ultra high dilution of the plant hormone Methods: Grains of winter wheat (Triticum aestivum) were observed under the influence of extremely diluted gibberellic acid (10-30) prepared by stepwise dilution and agitation according to a protocol derived from homeopathy (“G30xâ€ÂÂ). Analogously prepared water was used for control (“W30xâ€ÂÂ). Grains (500 or 1000 per group) were pre treated with (not agitated) gibberellic acid 10-5, 10-4 and 10-3 (“Ge-5, Ge-4, Ge-3â€ÂÂ) or with water (“Wâ€ÂÂ) for control prior to treatment with G30x or W30x. Seedlings were allowed to develop under standardized conditions for 7 days; plants were harvested and stalk lengths were measured. Results: With regard to pre treatment, it can be seen that the groups treated with Ge-3 showed most growth, followed by the Ge-4 groups, the Ge-5 groups and the non pre treated W groups. This decline is modulated by the application of G30x and W30x (figure 1). The lower the pre treatment concentration of G, the more marked is a slowing down effect of G30x versus W30x. Conclusion: The hypothesis that pre treatment of grains with high concentrations of gibberellic acid will enhance the effect of G30x had to be rejected. In contrast, G30x slowed down stalk growth in the W group with p < 0.001 but only moderately in the Ge-5 and Ge-4 group and not at all in the Ge-3 group. Keywords: homeopathy, wheat stalk growth, gibberellic acid, high dilution References: [1] Pfleger A., Hofäcker J., Scherer-Pongratz W., Lothaller H., Reich C., Endler P.C. The effect of extremely diluted agitated gibberellic acid (10e-30) on wheat seedling development – a two researcher study. Complementary Therapies in Medicine 2011; 19: 164-169. [2] Endler PC, Matzer W, Reich C, Reischl T, Hartmann AM, Thieves K, Pfleger A, Hofäcker J, Lothaller H, Scherer-Pongratz W. Seasonal variation of the effect of extremely diluted agitated gibberellic acid (10e-30) on wheat stalk growth – a multi researcher study. The Scientific World Journal 2011; 11: 1667-1678.

Author Biography

Peter Christina Endler, Interuniversity College

Head Interuniversity College Graz / Castle of Seggau

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Published

2012-08-08

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