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The Germination of Seeds - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780080288543, 9781483190440

The Germination of Seeds

3rd Edition

Pergamon International Library of Science, Technology, Engineering and Social Studies

Authors: A. M. Mayer A. Poljakoff-Mayber
eBook ISBN: 9781483190440
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1982
Page Count: 222
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The Germination of Seeds, Third Edition contains the same content in the previous edition, but with modifications in each section, containing updated information. As the first two editions, this edition attempts to treat critically the available information on seed germination and to assimilate this information. This text first discusses the structure and chemical composition of seeds. This book then explains germination and related concepts, such as factors affecting this process, inhibition and stimulation, and seed metabolism. This selection concludes by explaining the ecology of germination. This publication will be invaluable to those in the field of agriculture, as well as students and layperson interested in seed germination.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition

Preface to the Second Edition

Preface to the First Edition

1. The Structure of Seeds and Seedlings

2. Chemical Composition of Seeds

I Carbohydrates

II Lipids

III Proteins

IV Other Components

3. Factors Affecting Germination

I Viability and Life Span of Seeds

II External Factors Affecting Germination

1. Water

2. Gases

3. Temperature

4. Light

4. Dormancy, Germination Inhibition and Stimulation

I Secondary Dormancy

II Possible Causes of Dormancy

1. Permeability of Seed Coats

2. Temperature Requirements

3. Light Requirements and Their Interaction With Temperature

4. Germination Inhibitors

III Germination Stimulators

IV Hormones in Germination

5. Metabolism of Germinating Seeds

I Changes in Storage Products During Germination

II Metabolism of Storage Products and Synthesis of Nucleic Acids and Proteins

1. Carbohydrates

2. Lipids

3. Proteins

4. Metabolism of Phosphorus-containing Compounds

5. Metabolism of Nucleic Acids

6. Protein Synthesis and its Dependence on Nucleic Acids

III Respiration

1. Gaseous Exchange

2. Biochemical Aspects of Respiration

6. The Effect of Germination Inhibitors and Stimulators on Metabolism and their Possible Regulatory Role

I Effect of Natural Growth Substances

1. Gibberellic Acid

2. Cytokinins

3. Abscisic Acid

4. Ethylene

5. The Regulatory Role of Hormones

II The Effects of Coumarin and Thiourea

1. Effect on Storage Materials

2. Effect on Respiration

3. Other Effects

III The Effect of Various Metabolic Inhibitors

7. The Ecology of Germination

I Effect of the Mother Plant

II External Factors in the Habitat of the Germinating Seed

1. Water

2. Temperature

3. Gases

4. Light

5. Biotic Factors

III Ecological Role of External Factors

1. Moisture and Temperature

2. Gases

3. Light

4. Soil Conditions

5. Inhibitors

6. Biotic Factors

7. Seedling Establishment

Index of Plants

Author Index

Subject Index


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