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Seed Dormancy, Germination, and Seedling Recruitment in Weedy Setaria

Authored by: Jack Dekker

Handbook of Plant and Crop Physiology

Print publication date:  March  2014
Online publication date:  March  2014

Print ISBN: 9781466553286
eBook ISBN: 9781466553293
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Present knowledge of the behavior of invading species, both successful and unsuccessful, suggests that it is in phases of germination and seedling establishment that their success or failure is most critically determined and it would seem reasonable therefore, to look particularly closely at seeds and seedlings of invading species. The considerations set out in this paper lead one to expect that it is in properties such as seed number, seed size, seed polymorphisms, and precise germination requirements that the most sensitive reactions of a species to an alien environment are likely to occur. (Harper, 1964)

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