Germination (Science Experiments)
Getting through the ground
Comparing Germination Times: How fast can seeds grow?
The first stage in the development of a seed, when it grows from seed to seedlingA small plant just starting to grow into its mature form., is . Like humans, seeds are equipped with their own growing mechanisms. An embryoThe seed of a plant, which through germination can develop into a new plant. and a supply of food exist within these tiny life starters. But until they are exposed to certain conditions of temperature, moisture, oxygen, and in some cases light, seeds remain , or inactive, for days, months, or even hundreds of years. For example, scientists found a North American Arctic lupine seed that was about 10,000 years old. It was the oldest seed found so far, and it eventually grew into a plant similar to today's lupine. The seed waited 10,000 years and sprouted only when the right germination conditions were in place.
, the study of plant life, had its beginnings in ancient Greece. Theophrastus (c. 37287 B.C.) wrote two large...
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