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Seeds: the ecology of regeneration in plant communities.

Book cover for Seeds: the ecology of regeneration in plant communities.


This is the second edition of a multi-author book first published in 1992. It deals with all aspects of plant regeneration by seeds, including reproductive allocation, seed dispersal and predation, longevity, dormancy and germination. All chapters have been updated, and four new chapters added on seed size, seedling establishment, the role of gaps, and regeneration from seed after fire.


Chapter 8 (Page no: 183)

Dormancy, viability and longevity.

There are two basic physiological prerequisites for seeds to survive in soil: germination must be avoided by dormancy or quiescence, while viability must be maintained. The remarkable longevity of some individual seeds is legendary. This chapter reviews some of these accounts, assessing these long-lived individuals in the context of the overall seed population.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Reproductive allocation in plants. Author(s): Bazzaz, F. A. Ackerly, D. D. Reekie, E. G.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 31) The evolutionary ecology of seed size. Author(s): Leishman, M. R. Wright, I. J. Moles, A. T. Westoby, M.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 59) Maternal effects on seeds during development. Author(s): Gutterman, Y.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 85) The ecology of seed dispersal. Author(s): Willson, M. F. Traveset, A.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 111) Animals as seed dispersers. Author(s): Stiles, E. W.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 125) Fruits and frugivory. Author(s): Jordano, P.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 167) Seed predators and plant population dynamics. Author(s): Crawley, M. J.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 215) The functional ecology of soil seed banks. Author(s): Thompson, K.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 237) Seed responses to light. Author(s): Pons, T. L.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 261) The role of temperature in the regulation of seed dormancy and germination. Author(s): Probert, R. J.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 293) Effect of chemical environment on seed germination. Author(s): Hilhorst, H. W. M. Karssen, C. M.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 311) Role of fire in regeneration from seed. Author(s): Keeley, J. E. Fotheringham, C. J.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 311) Role of fire in regeneration from seed. Author(s): Keeley, J. E. Fotheringham, C. J.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 331) Ecology of seedling regeneration. Author(s): Kitajima, K. Fenner, M.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 361) The contribution of seedling regeneration to the structure and dynamics of plant communities, ecosystems and larger units of the landscape. Author(s): Grime, J. P. Hillier, S. H.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 375) Gaps and seedling colonization. Author(s): Bullock, J. M.