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Seed germination and dormancy are important to the survival strategy of a plant species. Research in seed ecology investigates the natural germination patterns of species in natural and agronomic environments. Special emphasis is placed on threatened or endangered plant species. In addition, strategies for seed dispersal and their impact on fitness are studied.


Related Publications:

      Adams, C.A., Baskin, J.M., and Baskin, C.C. 2005. Comparative morphology of seeds of closely-related species of Aristolochia subgenus Siphsia (Aristolochiaceae, Piperales). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 148: 433-436.

      Adams, C.A., Baskin, J.M., and Baskin, C.C. 2005. Trait stasis versus adaptation in disjunct relict species: evolutionary changes in seed dormancy-breaking and germination requirements in a subclade of Aristolochia subgenus Siphisia (Piperales). Seed Science Research 15: 161-173.

      Baskin, J.M., Baskin, C.C., and Tyndall, R.W. 2005. Studies on dormancy, germination, and survival of seeds buried in soil of the rare plant species Aeschynomene virginica (Fabaceae). Natural Areas Journal 25: 147-155.

      Hawkins, T.S., Baskin, J.M., and Baskin, C.C. 2005. Life cycles and biomass allocation in seed- and ramet-derived plants of Cryptotaenia canadensis (Apiaceae), a monocarpic species of eastern North America. Canadian Journal of Botany 83: 518-528.

      Kondo, T., Okubo, N., Miura, T., Baskin, C.C. and Baskin, J.M. 2005. Ecophysiology of seed dormancy and germination of the mesic woodland herbaceous perennial Corydalis ambigua (Fumariaceae) in Japan. Canadian Journal of Botany 83: 571-578.

      Turner, R., Merritt, D.J., Baskin, C.C., Dixon, K.W., and Baskin, J.M. 2005. Physical dormancy in seeds of six genera of Australian Rhamnaceae. Seed Science Research 15: 51-58.

      Walck, J.M., Baskin, J.M. Baskin, C.C. and Hidayati, S.N. 2005. Defining transient and persistent seed banks in species with pronounced seasonal dormancy and germination patterns. Seed Science Research 15: 189-196.

      Baskin, C.C., and Baskin, J.M. 2004. Germinating seeds of wildflowers, an ecological perspective. HortTechnology 14: 467-473.

      Baskin, C.C., Baskin, J.M., and Chester, E.W. 2004. Seed germination ecology of the summer annual Cyperus squarrosus in an unpredictable mudflat habitat. Acta Oecologia 26: 9-14.

      Baskin, C.C., Milberg, P., Andersson, L., and Baskin, J.M. 2004. Germination ecology of seeds of the annual weeds Capsella bursa-pastoris and Descurainia sophia originating from high northern latitudes. Weed Research 44: 60-68.

      Baskin, C.C., Baskin, J.M., and Chester, E.W. 2003. Ecological aspects of seed dormancy-break and germination in Heteranthera limosa (Pontederiaceae), a summer annual weed of rice fields. Weed Research 43: 103-107.

      Baskin, C.C., Baskin, J.M., Chester, E.W., and Smith, M. 2003. Ethylene as a possible seed germination cue for Schoenoplectus hallii (Cyperaceae), a rare summer annual of occasionally flooded sites. American Journal of Botany 90: 620-627.

      Bender, M.H., Baskin, J.M., and Baskin, C.C. 2003. Seed germination ecology of Polymnia canadensis, a monocarpic species of the North American temperate deciduous forest. Plant Ecology 168: 221-253.

      Tweddle, J.C., Dickie, J.B., Baskin, C.C., and Baskin, J.M. 2003. Ecological aspects of seed desiccation sensitivity. Journal of Ecology 91: 294-304.

      Baskin, C.C., and Baskin, J.M. 1998. Seeds: Ecology, biogeography, and evolution of dormancy and germination. Academic Press, San Diego, CA. xiv + 666 pages.


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