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Open Access Rapid dormancy identification of 28 ephemeral plants of the Gurbantunggut Desert

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Seeds or fruits of 28 ephemeral plants of the Gurbantunggut Desert were sampled and a rapid method of dormancy identification applied by merging information on seed imbibition, initial germination and the embryo-to-seed (E:S) size ratio, with the position of the embryo into the seed phylogenetic tree proposed by Finch-Savage and Leubner-Metzger (2004). The results showed that the accuracy of dormancy identification for these 28 ephemeral plants was 92.9%. If this identification method can be applied to other ephemeral plants and other groups, then it is likely to rapidly expand our knowledge of seed dormancy and germination.
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Keywords: DORMANCY IDENTIFICATION; EPHEMERAL SPECIES; GURBANTUNGGUT DESERT

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2019

This article was made available online on July 26, 2019 as a Fast Track article with title: "Rapid dormancy identification of 28 ephemeral plants of the Gurbantunggut Desert".

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