Seeds: Ecology, Biogeography, and Evolution of Dormancy and Germination

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Elsevier, 2001 - Science - 666 pages
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Seeds: Ecology, Biogeography, and Evolution of Dormancy and Germination differs from all other books on seed germination. It is an all-encompassing volume that provides a working hypothesis of the ecological and environmental conditions under which various kinds of seed dormancy have developed. It also presents information on the seed germination of more than 3500 species of trees, shrubs, vines and herbaceous species, making this a valuable reference for anyone studying germination.
This book delivers information on characteristics of each type of seed dormancy, how each type of dormancy is broken in nature, and what environmental conditions are required for germination after dormancy is broken. It explains how studies should be done to distinguish persistent from transient seed banks, and covers which species should be controlled, propagated, and conserved. Seeds gives the reader insight and guidelines for doing ecologically meaningful studies on the biogeography and evolution of seed dormancy and germination in order to better understand plant reproductive strategies, life history traits, adaptations to habitats, and physiological processes.

  • Evolutionary/phylogenetic origins and relationships of various kinds of seed dormancy
  • A world biogeographical perspective on seed dormancy and germination
  • Ecophysiology of seeds with each type of dormancy
  • Critical evaluation of methodology used in soil seed bank studies
  • Germination ecology of plants with specialized habitat and life cycle types
  • Genetic and maternal preconditioning effects on seed dormancy and germination
  • Guidelines for doing ecologically-meaningful germination studies
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Causes of WlthinSpedes Variations
8
Types of Seed Dormancy
27
Germination Ecology of Seeds with
49
Germination Ecology of Seeds with
87
F Deep Simple Double Morphophysiological
94
Germination Ecology of Seeds with
101
Germination Requirements of Permeable
112
Tropical Dry Woodlands Natural Savannas
281
Hot Semideserts and Deserts
293
A Geographical Perspective
331
Moist Warm Temperature Woodlands
351
Steppes or Grasslands of the Temperate
387
Germination Ecology of Plants with
459
Mycoheterotrophic Plants Other Than
482
Carnivorous Plants
489

Germination Ecology of Seeds In
133
Longevity of Seeds in the Soil
145
Persistence of Communities
164
Seed Dormancy
181
Environmental Factors That Cause
192
Seed Polymorphism
208
A Geographical Perspective
239
Tropical Mountains
265
Tropical Deciduous Forests
273
Aquatic Nonsaline Plants
492
Halophytes
508
Psammophytes of Nonsaline Soils
528
Biogeographical and Evolutionary
559
Theoretical Considerations on the Evolution
565
Seed Dormancy and Family Tree of Seed
589
Subject Index
615
Taxonomic Index
627
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