Functional significance of photoblastic germination in neotropical pioneer trees: a seed's eye view

  title={Functional significance of photoblastic germination in neotropical pioneer trees: a seed's eye view},
  author={T. Pearson and D. Burslem and C. Mullins and J. Dalling},
  journal={Functional Ecology},
  • T. Pearson, D. Burslem, +1 author J. Dalling
  • Published 2003
  • Biology
  • Functional Ecology
  • Summary 1. We investigated the relationship between seed mass and the suitability of microsites for germination for five small-seeded (< 2·4 mg fresh mass) photoblastic neotropical pioneer trees. We determined the germination response of these species to the ratio of red to far-red irradiance (r:fr) and compared it to r:fr measured under varying conditions of canopy openness, litter and soil thickness. 2. At a constant temperature the germination percentage of each of the species increased… CONTINUE READING
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