Seeds : Ecology, Biogeography, and, Evolution of Dormancy and Germination

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The new edition of Seeds contains new information on many topics discussed in the first edition, such as fruit/seed heteromorphism, breaking of physical dormancy and effects of inbreeding depression on germination. New topics have been added to each chapter, including dichotomous keys to types of seeds and kinds of dormancy; a hierarchical dormancy classification system; role of seed banks in restoration of plant communities; and seed germination in relation to parental effects, pollen competition, local adaption, climate change and karrikinolide in smoke from burning plants.

The database for the world biogeography of seed dormancy has been expanded from 3,580 to about 13,600 species. New insights are presented on seed dormancy and germination ecology of species with specialized life cycles or habitat requirements such as orchids, parasitic, aquatics and halophytes. Information from various fields of science has been combined with seed dormancy data to increase our understanding of the evolutionary/phylogenetic origins and relationships of the various kinds of seed dormancy (and nondormancy) and the conditions under which each may have evolved. This comprehensive synthesis of information on the ecology, biogeography and evolution of seeds provides a thorough overview of whole-seed biology that will facilitate and help focus research efforts.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 1600 pages
  • 220 x 280 x 60mm | 3,459.95g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • Illustrations (black and white)
  • 0124166776
  • 9780124166776
  • 740,976

Table of contents

Seeds: Ecology, biogeography, and evolution of dormancy and germination

Second Edition

Carol C. Baskin and Jerry M. Baskin

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Ecologically Meaningful Germination Studies

Chapter 3. Types of Seeds and Kinds of Seed Dormancy

Chapter 4. Germination Ecology of Seeds with Nondeep Physiological Dormancy

Chapter 5. Germination Ecology of Seeds with Morphophysiological Dormancy

Chapter 6. Germination Ecology of Seeds with Physical Dormancy

Chapter 7. Germination Ecology of Seeds in the Persistent Seed Bank

Chapter 8. Variation in Seed Dormancy, Germination and Size Within and Between Individuals and Populations of a Species

Chapter 9. A Geographical Perspective on Germination Ecology: Tropical and Subtropical Zones

Chapter 10. A Geographical Perspective on Germination Ecology: Temperate and Arctic Zones

Chapter 11. Germination Ecology of Plants with Specialized Life Cycles and/or Habitats

Chapter 12. Biogeographical and Evolutionary Aspects of Seed Dormancy


Subject Index

Taxonomic Index
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"Researchers, students, and professionals will find it invaluable, particularly if they are interested in plant ecology, evolution, diversity, biogeography, or conservation . Summing Up: Highly recommended." --Choice
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