Some Aspects of Metabolic Regulation of Seed Germination and Dormancy

  • Daniel Côme
  • Françoise Corbineau
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 187)


Seed germination is subject to a very precise regulation, the complexity of which originates both in the action of various external factors and in characteristics within the seeds themselves. This phenomenon, which leads to the growth of preformed organs of the embryo, can only occur if all environmental components are suitable (water availability, oxygen supply, suitable temperature, and sometimes light). However, many seeds are unable to germinate, or do so with great difficulty, even when placed in the presence of water and oxygen at moderate temperatures. It is precisely in this inability to germinate, commonly known as dormancy, that these seeds display their basic physiological characteristics.


Pentose Phosphate Pathway Germination Percentage Seed Dormancy Germination Process Hydrogen Cyanide 
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alcohol dehydrogenase (EC


adenosine diphosphate


adenosine monophosphate


adenosine triphosphate

FBPase 1

fructose 1,6-bisphosphatase (EC

FBPase 2

fructose 2,6-bisphosphatase (EC


fructose 6-phosphate


fructose 1,6-bis- phosphate


fructose 2,6-bisphosphate


glucose 6-phosphate


glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase (EC


4-me- thylpyrazole


nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide


nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide reduced


nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate


nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate reduced


inorganic phosphate


6-phosphofructokinase (EC


6-phospho- frueto-1-kinase (EC


6-phosphofrueto-2-kinase (EC 2.7.1. 105)


6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase (EC




pyrophosphate:fruetose 6-phosphate 1-phosphotransferase (EC


salicylhydroxamic acid


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Côme
    • 1
  • Françoise Corbineau
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Physiologie Végétale AppliquéeUniversité Pierre et Marie CurieParis Cedex 05France
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Physiologie des Organes Végétaux Après RécolteCNRSMeudonFrance

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