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Dormancy patterns, germination ecology, and seed-bank types of twenty temperate fen grassland species

Dormancy patterns, germination ecology, and seed-bank types of twenty temperate fen grassland species

Wetlands 24(1): 152-166

The germination ecology, including primary and secondary dormancy, mortality of seeds, and seed-bank type, of 20 fen grassland species from Northern Germany was investigated using a combination of burial and germination experiments. To analyze primary dormancy and effects of after-ripening (dry storage for 28 days) on freshly matured seeds, germination was measured at two fluctuating temperature regimes (15/25 degrees C and 5/15 degrees C) in the light and in darkness.

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DOI: 10.1672/0277-5212(2004)024[0152:dpgeas]2.0.co;2

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