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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: SEED DORMANCY, AGRICULTURAL IMPORTANCE

Author
item Foley, Michael

Submitted to: Encyclopedia of Seeds: Science, Technology and Uses
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: July 14, 2003
Publication Date: October 1, 2006
Citation: Foley, M.E. 2006. Dormancy - importance in agriculture. Encyclopedia of Seeds: Science, Technology and Uses. (eds. M. Black, J.D. Bewley, and P. Halmer). CAB International, 528-531.

Interpretive Summary: Interpretive Seed contributes to the survival and persistence of domesticated and non-domesticated plants in managed and natural ecosystems. In agriculture and agroecosystems, crop and weed seed dormancy impacts the production of plants for food, fiber, and shelter. This encyclopedia article details the importance of seed dormancy in agriculture and outlines the various ways dormancy impacts crop production and weed management.

Technical Abstract: Technical Seed dormancy has been defined as the temporary failure of a viable seed to germinate, after a specific length of time, in a particular set of environmental conditions that later evoke germination when the restrictive state has been terminated by either natural or artificial conditions. Seed contributes to the survival and persistence and success of domesticated and non-domesticated plants in managed and natural ecosystems. In agriculture and agroecosystems, crop and weed seed dormancy impacts the production of plants for food, fiber, and shelter. This encyclopedia article reviews the importance of seed dormancy in agriculture and outlines the direct and indirect ways dormancy impacts crop production and weed management.

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