Acorn cotyledons are larger than their seedlings' need: evidence from artificial cutting experiments

@inproceedings{Yi2015AcornCA,
  title={Acorn cotyledons are larger than their seedlings' need: evidence from artificial cutting experiments},
  author={Xianfeng Yi and Zhenyu Wang and Changqu Liu and Guoqiang Liu and Mingming Zhang},
  booktitle={Scientific reports},
  year={2015}
}
Although the consequences of cotyledon removal have been widely studied in oaks producing large acorns, we have little knowledge of at what level cotyledons can be removed without affecting acorn survival and seedling development. In this study, we aimed to test the hypothesis that the amount of energy reserves in cotyledons is more than the demands of seedlings and that large acorns can tolerate seed predation and/or attract seed predators for seed dispersal. Acorn germination rates were not… CONTINUE READING

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