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Seed longevity: survival and maintenance of high germination ability of dry seeds

Loïc Rajjou, Isabelle Debeaujon
Comptes Rendus Biologies 2008, 331 (10): 796-805
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The seed constitutes the main vector of plant propagation and it is a critical development stage with many specificities. Seed longevity is a major challenge for the conservation of plant biodiversity and for crop success. Seeds possess a wide range of systems (protection, detoxification, repair) allowing them to survive in the dry state and to preserve a high germination ability. Therefore, the seed system provides an appropriate model to study longevity and aging.

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