Longevity of seeds stored in a genebank: species characteristics

  title={Longevity of seeds stored in a genebank: species characteristics},
  author={Christina Walters and Lana Wheeler and Judith M. Grotenhuis},
  journal={Seed Science Research},
  pages={1 - 20}
Seeds of different species are believed to have characteristic shelf lives, although data confirming this are scarce, and a mechanistic understanding of why this should be remains elusive. We have quantified storage performance of c. 42,000 seed accessions, representing 276 species, within the USDA National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) collection, as well as a smaller experiment of 207 cultivars from 42 species. Accessions from the NPGS collection were harvested between 1934 and 1975, and had… 

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