A laboratory exercise in physiological seed dormancy using eastern redbud

Servet Caliskan, Sharon T. Kester, Robert L. Geneve

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A laboratory exercise is presented that demonstrates the impact of seed coverings and hormones on seed dormancy and release in seeds with endogenous, physiological dormancy. The materials and methods are simple and inexpensive and can be accomplished as an on-campus laboratory or as a distance education exercise. The execution of the laboratory is rapid (≈1 hour), and the results are obtained in 2 weeks. The exercise generates an opportunity for the discussion of a complex subject that involves the interaction of two tissue types within the seed (the embryo vs. the seed coverings) and nicely illustrates their role in seed dormancy maintenance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-406
Number of pages4
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Horticulture


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