Plants are very choosy, especially when it comes to germination. Embryos enclosed within the seed coat can survive for a long time in soil, even up to several decades, and ‘wake’ up when the environmental conditions are right. Dr. Gerhard Leubner and his colleagues from the Institute of Biology II at the University of Freiburg are investigating the regulation of seed dormancy and the onset of germination. The scientists’ insights are extremely valuable for companies that are working on the optimisation of seeds for agricultural purposes.
Further information:Dr. Gerhard LeubnerInstitute of Biology II, Botany/Plant PhysiologySchänzlestr. 1University of FreiburgTel.: +49 (761) 203 2936Fax: +49 (761) 203 2612E-mail: email@example.com