Phenotypic Effects on Seeds During Development
If genotypic inheritance increases the fitness of plant species to their natural habitats so that germination occurs in the right place and at the right time (Sect. 5.1.2), phenotypic effects should, in addition, increase the diversity of seed germination. In many species the fate of the following generation or generations, as far as the germination of seeds is concerned, is dependent, at least to some degree, on the position of the seeds, as well as on their conditions of maturation while still on the mother plant. These conditions include environmental factors such as day length, temperature, the position of the seeds in the fruit and inflorescence and in the position of the fruit or inflorescence on the mother plant.
KeywordsSeed Bank Seed Coat Mother Plant Seed Maturation Hermaphroditic Flower
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