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The Effect of Spore Density on Germination and Development in Pteridium, Monitored Using a Novel Culture Technique

Carl J. Ashcroft and Elizabeth Sheffield
American Fern Journal
Vol. 90, No. 3 (Jul. - Sep., 2000), pp. 91-99
Published by: American Fern Society
DOI: 10.2307/1547324
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1547324
Page Count: 9
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Abstract

Percentage germination and percentage transition to two-dimensional growth in Pteridium (bracken fern) were recorded for spores sown on a solid Phytagel™-based growth medium at known densities of between 3 and 9883 spores mm-2. The maximum germination recorded occurred at sowing densities higher than those at which maximum transition occurred. Percentage germination was greatest (43 to 52% of spores sown) at intermediate densities (187 to 2114 spores mm-2), being highest (52% of spores sown) at 360 spores mm-2. Percentage transition was highest at the lowest densities used. It was concluded that germination and transition have different density optima and that investigations of these two phenomena in ferns should take account of this.

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