Role of mucilage in seed dispersal and germination of the annual ephemeral Alyssum minus (Brassicaceae)

Sun, Y., Tan, D.Y., Baskin, C.C., Baskin, J.M. (2012) Australian Journal of Botany, 60(5), 439-449 Seeds of Alyssum minus, an annual ephemeral in shrublands of north-west China, can produce a large amount of mucilage. The primary aim of this study was to explore the role of mucilage in seed dispersal, settlement onto the soil surface and germination of this species. Width of imbibed seeds with mucilage was three times greater than that of seeds without mucilage, and mass of mucilage increased 167 times after imbibition. Expanded dry mucilage significantly increased…

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