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Ecology, Biogeography, and, Evolution of Dormancy and Germination

The new edition of Seeds contains new information on many topics discussed in the first edition, such as fruit/seed heteromorphism, breaking of physical dormancy and effects of inbreeding depression on germination. New topics have been added to each chapter, including dichotomous keys to types of seeds and kinds of dormancy; a hierarchical dormancy classification system; role of seed banks in restoration of plant communities; and seed germination in relation to parental effects, pollen competition, local adaption, climate change and karrikinolide in smoke from burning plants.

The database for the world biogeography of seed dormancy has been expanded from 3,580 to about 13,600 species. New insights are presented on seed dormancy and germination ecology of species with specialized life cycles or habitat requirements such as orchids, parasitic, aquatics and halophytes. Information from various fields of science has been combined with seed dormancy data to increase our understanding of the evolutionary/phylogenetic origins and relationships of the various kinds of seed dormancy (and nondormancy) and the conditions under which each may have evolved. This comprehensive synthesis of information on the ecology, biogeography and evolution of seeds provides a thorough overview of whole-seed biology that will facilitate and help focus research efforts.


Plant scientists; ecologists; evolutionary biologists; plant and seed physiologists; researchers in crop science, agriculture, plant conservation strategies, and plant development, libraries, seedbank and seed testing facilities, and those propagating wild plants; and academics and students in these areas.

Hardbound, 1600 Pages

Published: March 2014

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-416677-6


  • Seeds: Ecology, biogeography, and evolution of dormancy and germination

    Second Edition



    Carol C. Baskin and Jerry M. Baskin

    Chapter 1. Introduction

    Chapter 2. Ecologically Meaningful Germination Studies

    Chapter 3. Types of Seeds and Kinds of Seed Dormancy

    Chapter 4. Germination Ecology of Seeds with Nondeep Physiological Dormancy

    Chapter 5. Germination Ecology of Seeds with Morphophysiological Dormancy

    Chapter 6. Germination Ecology of Seeds with Physical Dormancy

    Chapter 7. Germination Ecology of Seeds in the Persistent Seed Bank

    Chapter 8. Variation in Seed Dormancy, Germination and Size Within and Between Individuals and Populations of a Species

    Chapter 9. A Geographical Perspective on Germination Ecology: Tropical and Subtropical Zones

    Chapter 10. A Geographical Perspective on Germination Ecology: Temperate and Arctic Zones

    Chapter 11. Germination Ecology of Plants with Specialized Life Cycles and/or Habitats

    Chapter 12. Biogeographical and Evolutionary Aspects of Seed Dormancy


    Subject Index

    Taxonomic Index


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