Conserved mechanisms of dormancy and germination targets for manipulations of agricultural problems

M. Holdsworth, L. Bentsink, M. Koornneef

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Abstract

The seed is the structure in which a usually fully developed plant embryo is dispersed and that enables it to survive the period between seed maturation and establishment of the next generation as a seedling after it has germinated. The dry, quiescent seed is well equipped to sustain extended periods of unfavorable conditions. Dormancy, defined as the failure of an intact viable seed to complete germination under conditions favorable for germination, is an adaptive trait optimizing germination to the best suitable time that enables the species to complete its life cycle. The environmental conditions required for germination are not defined specifically, but in practice refer to conditions that allow germination of a nondormant seed batch of the species under investigation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationModel Plants and Crop Improvement
Place of PublicationLondon - New York
PublisherCRC Taylor & Francis group
Chapter2
Pages11-32
Number of pages22
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9780429125058
ISBN (Print)9780849330637
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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