Germination is the first step in a plant's life history, critical to giving plants the best chance of surviving and prospering. Germination involves a suit of processes that culminate in the emergence of the seedling from the seed coat and requires considerable amounts of energy, particularly in the form of sugar. Dormancy prevents germination under appropriate conditions in an otherwise viable seed and is the strategy plants use to regulate the timing of germination. Domestication has caused...[Show more]
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