The Physiology of Germination
From the standpoint of survival and subsequent growth of a plant, sprouting, or germination, of a seed is of the highest importance. Since germination is under the control of environment to a greater or lesser degree, plant distribution is strongly influenced by this process. Ecology studies the interactions of organisms with their environment and is thus concerned with plant distribution. Since study of the control mechanisms of germination provides a number of interesting possibilities for research in plant physiology, this is an excellent example of an area where ecology and physiology overlap in an interesting way.
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