Seeds

1st Edition

Ecology, Biogeography, and, Evolution of Dormancy and Germination

Authors: Carol Baskin Carol Baskin Jerry Baskin Jerry Baskin
Paperback ISBN: 9780120802630
eBook ISBN: 9780080540863
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 17th October 2000
Page Count: 666
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Description

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.

Key Features

@introbul:Key Features @bul:* 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

Readership

Plant scientists, ecologists, researchers in crop science, agriculture, and plant development. Graduate students and faculty in these areas.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Ecologically Meaningful Germination Studies. Types of Seed Dormancy. Germination Ecology of Seeds with Nondeep Physiological Dormancy. Germination Ecology of Seeds with Morphophysiological Dormancy. Germination Ecology of Seeds with Physical Dormancy. Germination Ecology of Seeds in the Persistent Seed Bank. Causes of Within-Species Variations in Seed Dormancy and Germination Characteristics. A Geographical Perspective on Germination Ecology: Tropical and Subtropical Zones. A Geographical Perspective on Germination Ecology: Temperate and Arctic Zones. Germination Ecology of Plants with Specialized Life Cycles and/or Habitats. Biogeographical and Evolutionary Aspects of Seed Dormancy. Subject Index.

Details

No. of pages:
666
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 1998
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780080540863
eBook ISBN:
9780080574196
Hardcover ISBN:
9780120802609
Paperback ISBN:
9780120802630

About the Author

Carol Baskin

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Biological Sciences, University of Kentucky, Lexington, U.S.A.

Carol Baskin

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Biological Sciences, University of Kentucky, Lexington, U.S.A.

Jerry Baskin

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Biological Sciences, University of Kentucky, Lexington, U.S.A.

Jerry Baskin

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Biological Sciences, University of Kentucky, Lexington, U.S.A.

Reviews

"The book is even now an important reference source and may be recommended to anyone interested in any aspect of seed biology." —P. Mráz for THIAZIA JOURNAL OF BOTANY (2002) @qu:"...this is a monumental overview that deserves to be readily available to all plant physiologists, seed ecologists, the staff of seed testing laboratories and forestry nurseries, seed conservationists—in fact anyone directly working on, or teaching about, the germination of seeds. ...this volume is set to be the first point of reference for seed germination and dormancy studies for many years." @source:—Hugh W. Pritchard in ANNALS OF BOTANY (2000) @qu:"Baskin and Baskin have achieved a remarkable synthesis of the literature on seed dormancy and its impact on germination ecology. ...represents the culmination of decades of scholarly research, and the reader reaps the benefit in one volume. For those involved in plant ecology in any one of the ecosystems described, the coverage is excellent." @source:—Alistair J. Murdoch, University of Reading, U.K., in CROP SCIENCE (2000) @qu:"This book is a grand, highly readable treatise..." @source:—Ray Stross in HYDROBIOLOGIA (2000) @qu:"This book represents a very substantial contribution to scholarship and is likely to become a long-lived classic publication. ...I have no hesitation in recommending this book to all interested in plant ecology. There is no doubt in my mind that this book will prove to be a substantial contribution to the study of seed ecology, and I congratulate the authors on the completion of what can only be described as a singularly comprehensive account." @source:—Richard Ellis in AFRICAN JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY (2000) @qu:"After finishing the book, I feel a little overwhelmed with all the material and the effort it took to bring it all together in such an organized and comprehensive manner. The content alon