Seed Longevity and Deterioration

  • Larry O. Copeland
  • Miller B. McDonald


Seeds are uniquely equipped to survive as viable regenerative organisms until the time and place are right for the beginning of a new generation; however, like any other form of life, they cannot retain their viability indefinitely and eventually deteriorate and die. Fortunately, neither nature nor agricultural practice ordinarily requires seeds to survive longer than the next growing season, though seeds of most species are able to survive much longer under the proper conditions.


Seed Storage Seed Quality Seed Moisture Seed Longevity Recalcitrant Seed 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Larry O. Copeland
    • 1
  • Miller B. McDonald
    • 2
  1. 1.Michigan State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Ohio State UniversityUSA

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