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ANESTHETIC RELEASE OF SEED DORMANCY—AN OVERVIEW

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Anesthetic-type compounds enhance the germination of dormant seeds of several plant species. The most effective compounds are ethanol, ethyl ether, and chloroform, which are used either in aqueous solutions or as vapors. They interact strongly with phytochrome in promotion of seed germination by light. The activities of the compounds are considered to arise from influences on the seed membranes.

Affiliations: 1: Weed Science Laboratory, Agricultural Environmental Quality Institute, Science and Education Administration, US Department of Agriculture

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