dormancy

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dormancy

(dor′măn-sē)
Temporary inactivity; e.g., a state of transiently reduced metabolic activity.
dormant, adjective

dormancy

a state in which seeds and other structures (such as underground stems) reduce their metabolic activities to a minimum level during unfavourable conditions (e.g. low temperature, drought) so as to survive until conditions improve. In fungal spores dormancy can be EXOGENOUS, requiring an external stimulus (e.g. presence of nutrients) for germination; or ENDOGENOUS, where dormancy is controlled by an innate property of the spore and is unaffected by the ambient environment when in this state. See GERMINATION for events that occur when seed dormancy is broken.
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This Type 2 response (Vegis, 1964) of afterripening and germination relative to temperature is an adaptation to a cold unfavorable season (Baskin et al.
After selection of seeds, afterripening and stratification must occur.
Afterripening pattern during cold stratification of achenes of ten perennial Asteraceae from eastern North America and evolutionary implication.
Dominance of seed dormancy varied with the period of afterripening and the measurement.
In contrast with seed morphological or yield traits, research on seed dormancy is more difficult because the phenotype is strongly affected by the type of dormancy, the dormancy measure, and the duration of seed afterripening.
Our data indicated that switchgrass seeds within a population have varying degrees or depths of dormancy, or "offness", because they need varying stratification and/or afterripening times to be released from dormancy.
Afterripening influenced the reversion of stratified seeds, that is, the effect of afterripening and stratification was additive.