Reproductive biology and development

  • Peter Coolbear
Part of the World Crop Series book series


The possibility that any plant — never mind a major commercial crop —might possess a reproductive strategy whereby fertilized ovaries bury themselves in the soil before seed development can properly commence is, to say the least, unusual. It is understandable, therefore, that the reproductive botany of the groundnut (peanut) remained a source of surprise and confusion well into the middle of this century and that it was not until then that a truly definitive description of this process was published (Smith, 1950). Forty years later, this geocarpic habit still raises a series of intriguing and fundamental questions for seed scientists.


Seed Development Reproductive Biology Arachis Hypogaea Peanut Seed Seed Moisture Content 
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