Germination research towards the nineties: A Summary and Prognosis

  • Alfred M. Mayer
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 187)


This is the third meeting dealing with seeds, germination and seed development. The first was held nine years ago in Jerusalem and the second four years ago in Wageningen. One of the things which strikes me is that although there is a core of people here who attended the first meeting, there are a lot of new faces, of younger scientists, and that is as it should be. We have come here not just to present data but to discuss problems and see how things are developing. The presence of new faces is proof that the subject is dynamic, is developing and that we are succeeding in rejuvenating our approaches. When I was asked to give this summing up lecture, I was in somewhat of a dilemma. When I summed up the Wageningen meeting, it was not recorded, so nobody can prove today that all my predictions were wrong. Unfortunately, this summing up lecture will be put on paper, and its predictions can therefore be faulted at some future time, as indeed I am sure they will be. Instead of discussing the many papers, I am going to use some general headings, which group together certain subjects and see what they have taught us. The first such heading is molecular biology.


Somatic Embryo Seed Germination Seed Coat Seed Development Germination Inhibitor 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alfred M. Mayer
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  1. 1.Botany DepartmentThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

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