A survey of germination of seeds from some vascular plants found on Aldabra atoll

Hnatiuk, S.H. (1979) A survey of germination of seeds from some vascular plants found on Aldabra atoll. Journal of Biogeography, 6 (2). pp. 105-114.

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Germination of seeds from ninety species of vascular plants growing on Aldabra Atoll in the Western Indian Ocean was observed. The species showed a variety of germination strategies that included almost immediate germination of all seeds following planting and watering, staggered germination that continued for the 16 months for which the experiment was conducted, and failure to germinate until the seeds were scarified. This variety of strategies matches well the variability characteristic of Aldabra's semi-arid, tropical climate. Fifty-five of the sixty-nine species, whose seeds were immersed in sea water for periods of up to 56 days before being planted, showed no effect of this treatment on germination. For thirteen species, final germination levels were reduced and for one, a strand line plant, it was increased.

Item Type: Article
Author Affiliation: Royal society aldabra research station, Aldabra Atoll
Subjects: Crop Improvement
Divisions: Millet
Depositing User: Library ICRISAT-InfoSAT
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2012 08:09
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2012 08:09
Official URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3038046
URI: http://eprints.icrisat.ac.in/id/eprint/4776

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