In this book we will consider the biochemical and physiological phenomena that occur in a germinating seed and the activities that are uniquely related to germination such as food mobilization and early growth of the seedling. It seems clear, furthermore, that in order to appreciate these parts of our subject we need to understand certain aspects of seed development — since what occurs here lays down much of the pattern for later events. Volume 1 of this book is restricted to the above topics. Volume 2 deals with the control of germination by internal and environmental factors, with dormancy, viability and the ecology of seeds and germination.


Germination Rate Germination Percentage Aerobic Respiration Food Reserve Food Mobilization 
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Some Articles of General Interest

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Derek Bewley
    • 1
  • Michael Black
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.Department of Biology, Queen Elizabeth CollegeUniversity of LondonLondonGreat Britain

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