Physiology of Desiccation-Sensitive (Recalcitrant) Seeds and the Implications for Cryopreservation

Desiccation-tolerant seeds can survive in the dry state for considerable periods and so can be stored successfully at low water content and subzero temperatures

N. W. Pammenter

2013

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  • Desiccation-tolerant seeds can survive in the dry state for considerable periods and so can be stored successfully at low water content and subzero temperatures
  • Orthodox seeds possess a variety of protective processes and mechanisms that confer desiccation tolerance, important among them being metabolic shutdown and intracellular dedifferentiation
  • Recalcitrant seeds can be stored intact only until germination is initiated, which can range from a few days to several months, depending on species
  • Eric Bunn Advances in understanding the fundamental aspects required for successful cryopreservation of Australian flora, In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology - Plant 53, no.44: 289–298
  • W. Pammenter Cryostorage of Germplasm of Tropical Recalcitrant-Seeded Species: Approaches and Problems, International Journal of Plant Sciences 175, no.11: 29–39

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