Viability of Seeds

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Viability of Seeds

 

the ability of seeds to germinate. Seeds just harvested or stored at a low temperature frequently do not germinate, although they have healthy embryos—that is, they are viable. Such seeds are in a period of dormancy, after which they can produce normal sprouts. The viability of seeds is determined by control seed analysis, the number of live seeds being expressed as a percent of the total number of seeds used in the analysis. The methods for determining the viability of seeds are specified by state standards.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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