Protein Deposition in Developing Cereal and Legume Seeds

  • Donald Boulter
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 12)


The seed is the sexually produced offspring of flowering plants and is an organ of dispersal. Seed development is a preparation for survival during dispersal and for subsequent successful germination. Compared with lower plants, the seed is a more complex propagule than the spore and considerable development of the fertilised ovule, nourished by the maternal plant, takes place before its release. Cell division gives rise to vegetative tissues and then this apparent normal development pattern changes to one geared to ensure a successful future for the offspring as a separate individual. This development includes the deposition of storage reserves, to be used subsequently on germination, then a drastic reduction in metabolic activity and the formation of a protective seed coat, both required for survival during dispersal and the period, sometimes prolonged, prior to germination.


Amino Acid Composition Storage Protein Seed Development Protein Body Protein Deposition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald Boulter
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  1. 1.Department of Botany, Science LaboratoriesUniversity of DurhamDurhamEngland

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