The sleeping and waking of plant seeds
Research report (imported) 2010 - Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research
Viable plant seeds are not always able to germinate and can cycle between a sleeping (dormant) and awake (non-dormant) state. Dormancy prevents germination during unfavourable seasons, an ability that has been lost in most of our crop species. The molecular regulation of seed dormancy is largely unknown. The Seed Dormancy Group has identified components of this control by isolating seed dormancy genes.