In article <1995Jan26.201624.9004 at blaze.trentu.ca>, sgood at ivory.trentu.ca (Shawn P. Good) says:
>>I am doing a seminar in university for a third year course called
>Introduction to the Population of Seed Plants. My seminar topic deals with
>seed shape and what factors it controls (ie. dispersal, germination etc.
>etc.). I have had difficulty finding much on this. Is there anyone out
>there who knows something ?
>>Please e-mail me back
>sgood at trentu.ca>>Thanks !
You should try your nearest Seed Testing Station for some advice. A good article to start you off would be "Dealing with stop-go germination in flower seed" by Betty Ransom Atwater (Santa Barbara, California) in Acta Horticulturae 83, 1978 pp 175 - 194. This article deals with seed shape and structure and their relationship with dormancy. If I had more time I'm sure I could find a lot more refs for you. How about setting up a seeds notice board?
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