Germination of Seeds

Germination is the resumption of growth of the embryo plant inside the seed.
Link to discussion of seed formation


Germination in a Dicot

The image (courtesy of the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co.) is a time-lapse photograph showing three stages in the germination of a bean seed.

Germination in Monocots

When grass seeds — like corn (maize) or oats (shown here) — germinate,
The coleoptile of grass (e.g., oat) seedlings has been a favorite experimental object for studing phototropism. Link to examples.

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4 February 2011