John Higgins (higgins at uk.gov.sasa) wrote:
: 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 ?
: 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?
: John Higgins
If the seed _shape_ is what you want, you might be interested work I
did at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany in Cambridge:
Travis, A.J. and Draper, S.R. (1985) A computer based system for the
recognition of seed shape, Seed Science and Technology, 13, 813-820.
Draper, S.R. and Travis, A.J. (1984) Preliminary observations with a
computer based system for analysis of the shape of seeds and
vegetative structures, Journal of the National Institute of
Agricultural Botany, 16, 387-395.
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