Seeds: Ecology, Biogeography, And, Evolution Of Dormancy And Germination

Paperback | October 17, 2000

byCarol C. Baskin, Jerry M. BaskinEditorCarol C. Baskin

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Seeds: Ecology, Biogeography, and Evolution of Dormancy and Germination differs from all other books on seed germination. It is an all-encompassing volume that provides a working hypothesis of the ecological and environmental conditions under which various kinds of seed dormancy have developed. It also presents information on the seed germination of more than 3500 species of trees, shrubs, vines and herbaceous species, making this a valuable reference for anyone studying germination. This book delivers information on characteristics of each type of seed dormancy, how each type of dormancy is broken in nature, and what environmental conditions are required for germination after dormancy is broken. It explains how studies should be done to distinguish persistent from transient seed banks, and covers which species should be controlled, propagated, and conserved. Seeds gives the reader insight and guidelines for doing ecologically meaningful studies on the biogeography and evolution of seed dormancy and germination in order to better understand plant reproductive strategies, life history traits, adaptations to habitats, and physiological processes. Key Features* Evolutionary/phylogenetic origins and relationships of various kinds of seed dormancy* A world biogeographical perspective on seed dormancy and germination* Ecophysiology of seeds with each type of dormancy* Critical evaluation of methodology used in soil seed bank studies* Germination ecology of plants with specialized habitat and life cycle types* Genetic and maternal preconditioning effects on seed dormancy and germination* Guidelines for doing ecologically-meaningful germination studies

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Seeds: Ecology, Biogeography, and Evolution of Dormancy and Germination differs from all other books on seed germination. It is an all-encompassing volume that provides a working hypothesis of the ecological and environmental conditions under which various kinds of seed dormancy have developed. It also presents information on the seed ...

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The evolution of seeds has contributed to one of the most astonishing explosions of biodiversity in history. Indeed, most plants employ seeds as reproductively crucial structures. Everything about seeds involves timing. Seeds result from fertilization occurring when conditions are favorable, i.e., after sufficient resources have been d...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:666 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.68 inPublished:October 17, 2000Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0120802635

ISBN - 13:9780120802630

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Table of Contents

Introduction.
Ecologically Meaningful Germination Studies.
Types of Seed Dormancy.
Germination Ecology of Seeds with Nondeep Physiological Dormancy.
Germination Ecology of Seeds with Morphophysiological Dormancy.
Germination Ecology of Seeds with Physical Dormancy.
Germination Ecology of Seeds in the Persistent Seed Bank.
Causes of Within-Species Variations in Seed Dormancy and Germination Characteristics.
A Geographical Perspective on Germination Ecology: Tropical and Subtropical Zones.
A Geographical Perspective on Germination Ecology: Temperate and Arctic Zones.
Germination Ecology of Plants with Specialized Life Cycles and/or Habitats.
Biogeographical and Evolutionary Aspects of Seed Dormancy.
Subject Index.

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"... an important reference source and may be recommended to anyone interested in any aspect of seed biology."
?P. Mráz for THAIZIA JOURNAL OF BOTANY (2002)