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Seed longevity: survival and maintenance of high germination ability of dry seeds.

Authors
  • Rajjou, Loïc1
  • Debeaujon, Isabelle
  • 1 UMR204, Institut national de la recherche agronomique-AgroParisTech laboratoire de biologie des semences, Institut Jean-Pierre-Bourgin-Institut national de la recherche agronomique, Versailles cedex, France. [email protected] , (France)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Comptes Rendus Biologies
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2008
Volume
331
Issue
10
Pages
796–805
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.crvi.2008.07.021
PMID: 18926494
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The seed constitutes the main vector of plant propagation and it is a critical development stage with many specificities. Seed longevity is a major challenge for the conservation of plant biodiversity and for crop success. Seeds possess a wide range of systems (protection, detoxification, repair) allowing them to survive in the dry state and to preserve a high germination ability. Therefore, the seed system provides an appropriate model to study longevity and aging.

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