Seed Biology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124243019, 9780323150675

Seed Biology

1st Edition

Importance, Development, and Germination

Editors: T.T. Kozlowski
eBook ISBN: 9780323150675
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1972
Page Count: 430
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Seed Biology, Volume I: Importance, Development, and Germination is a part of a three-volume treatise, which aims to bring together a large body of important information on seed biology. Organized into six chapters, this book begins with a discussion on the importance and characteristics of seeds. Separate chapters follow that discuss the development of gymnosperm and angiosperm seeds, as well as the anatomical mechanisms of seed dispersal. Other chapters focus on the morphogenetic events involved in the germination and the scientific basis for the concept of physiological predetermination or seedling vigor, including the potential application of this concept in agriculture, forestry, and management of natural resources.
This work will be useful to various groups of research biologists and teachers, including plant anatomists, pathologists, and physiologists as well as agronomists, biochemists, ecologists, entomologists, foresters, and horticulturists.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

Preface Contents of Other Volumes

1 Importance and Characteristics of Seeds

I. Introduction

II. Importance of Seeds as Foods

III. Other Uses of Seeds

IV. Structure of Seeds

V. Seed Variability

VI. Plant Propagation by Seeds


2 Development of Gymnosperm Seeds

I. Introduction

II. Prepollination Phase

III. Pollination Mechanism

IV. Male Gametophyte

V. Postpollination-Prefertilization Phase

VI. Fertilization

VII. Embryogeny

VIII. Maturation of Seed

IX. Development in Relation to Time

X. Conclusions


3 Development of Angiosperm Seeds

I. Introduction

II. Ovule

III. Female Gametophyte

IV. Pollination and Fertilization

V. Endosperm

VI. Embryo

VII. Polyembryony

VIII. Seed Coat

IX. Mature Seed

X. Conclusions


4 Anatomical Mechanisms of Seed Dispersal

I. Introduction

II. Abscission

III. Dispersion

IV. Zoochory

V. Anemochory

VI. Hydrochory

VII. Autochory

VIII. Conclusion


5 Seed Germination and Morphogenesis

I. Introduction

II. Overview of Germination

III. Germination of Zea mays L.

IV. Germination of Pinus


6 Seed and Seedling Vigor

I. Introduction

II. Expression of Vigor

III. Evaluation of Vigor

IV. Seed Development and Vigor

V. Mechanical Damage and Vigor Reduction

VI. Other Factors Influencing Vigor

VII. Modification of Vigor

VIII. Summary: Present Status and Future Developments in Seedling Vigor


Author Index

Subject Index


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