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Open Access Comparison of seed desiccation sensitivity amongst Castanea sativa, Quercus ilex and Q. cerris

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The distribution and propagation by seed of species with recalcitrant seed storage behaviour requires knowledge of the lowest safe moisture content (LSMC) before desiccation damages seed survival. The LSMCs were comparatively high and varied amongst the forest tree species Castanea sativa (58%), Quercus cerris (40-47.5%) and Q. ilex (44%) (Fagaceae) collected at one site in one year. Relations between lower seed moisture contents and viability (radicle emergence) were sigmoidal and quantified by logistic curves, with Q. ilex showing the smallest seed-to-seed variation.
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Keywords: CASTANEA SATIVA; DESICCATION TOLERANCE; FAGACEAE; GERMINATION; QUERCUS CERRIS; QUERCUS ILEX; RECALCITRANT

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 July 2018

This article was made available online on 16 May 2018 as a Fast Track article with title: "Comparison of seed desiccation sensitivity amongst Castanea sativa, Quercus ilex and Q. cerris".

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