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Investigating the Influence of Karrikins on Seed Germination

Josef de Beer
The American Biology Teacher
Vol. 74, No. 5 (May 2012), pp. 324-329
DOI: 10.1525/abt.2012.74.5.7
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/abt.2012.74.5.7
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Investigating the Influence of Karrikins on Seed Germination
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Abstract

Recent research has identified a karrikin (a butenolide derative) known as 3-methyl-2H-furo[2,3-c]pyran-2-one, formed from burning cellulose, that stimulates seed germination. Here, I present ideas on how to investigate the influence of karrikins on seed germination in the laboratory.

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