Seed Dormancy and Germination

  • J. W. Bradbeer

Part of the Tertiary Level Biology book series (TLB)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  12. Back Matter
    Pages 130-146

About this book


The germination of seeds is a magical event, in which a pinch of dust-like material may give rise to all the power and the beauty of the growing plant. The mechanisms of seed dormancy, of the breaking of seed dormancy and of germination itself continue to remain shrouded in mystery, despite the best efforts of plant scientists. Perhaps we are getting there, but very slowly. This book considers germination and dormancy from the point of view of plant physiology. Plant physiologists attempt to understand the relation­ ship between plant form and function and to explain, in physical and chemical terms, plant growth and development. The place of germination and dormancy in plant ecophysiology is taken into account with attempts to understand the seed in its 'environment, whether the environment be natural, semi-natural or wholly artificial. In due course plant scientists hope to develop a precise understanding of germination and dormancy in cellular and molecular terms, and therefore there is some biochemistry in this book. Biochemists who wish to learn something about seeds should find this book useful.


Genotyp Protein development ecophysiology growth physiology plant plant breeding plant growth plant physiology quality seed soil water

Authors and affiliations

  • J. W. Bradbeer
    • 1
  1. 1.King’s CollegeLondonUK

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