The Germination of Seeds

The Germination of Seeds

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

3rd Edition - January 1, 1982

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  • Authors: A. M. Mayer, A. Poljakoff-Mayber
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483190440

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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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 222
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1982
  • Published: January 1, 1982
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483190440

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A. M. Mayer

A. Poljakoff-Mayber

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