Identification and characterization of ten new water gaps in seeds and fruits with physical dormancy and classification of water-gap complexes.

TitleIdentification and characterization of ten new water gaps in seeds and fruits with physical dormancy and classification of water-gap complexes.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
JournalAnnals of botany
Volume112
Issue1
Pagination69-84
ISSN0305-7364
Abstract

Physical dormancy (PY) occurs in seeds or fruits of 18 angiosperm families and is caused by a water-impermeable palisade cell layer(s) in seed or fruit coats. Prior to germination, the seed or fruit coat of species with PY must become permeable in order to imbibe water. Breaking of PY involves formation of a small opening(s) (water gap) in a morpho-anatomically specialized area in seeds or fruits known as the water-gap complex. Twelve different water-gap regions in seven families have previously been characterized. However, the water-gap regions had not been characterized in Cucurbitaceae; clade Cladrastis of Fabaceae; subfamilies Bombacoideae, Brownlowioideae and Bythnerioideae of Malvaceae; Nelumbonaceae; subfamily Sapindoideae of Sapindaceae; Rhamnaceae; or Surianaceae. The primary aims of this study were to identify and describe the water gaps of these taxa and to classify all the known water-gap regions based on their morpho-anatomical features.

URLhttps://academic.oup.com/aob/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/aob/mct094
DOI10.1093/aob/mct094
Short TitleAnn Bot
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