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Seed Volume Dataset—An Ongoing Inventory of Seed Size Expressed by Volume

Department of Biology, University of Évora, Ap. 94, 7000-554 Évora, Portugal
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Received: 28 March 2019 / Revised: 16 April 2019 / Accepted: 23 April 2019 / Published: 1 May 2019
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Abstract

This paper presents a dataset of seed volumes calculated from length, width, and when available, thickness, abstracted from printed literature—essentially scientific journals and books including Floras and illustrated manuals, from online inventories, and from data obtained directly by the authors or provided by colleagues. Seed volumes were determined from the linear dimensions of seeds using published equations and decision trees. Ways of characterizing species by seed volume were compared and the minimum volume of the seed was found to be preferable. The adequacy of seed volume as a surrogate for seed size was examined and validated using published data on the relationship between light requirements for seed germination and seed size expressed as mass. View Full-Text
Keywords: germination in light and dark; seed size; seed volume; soil seed banks germination in light and dark; seed size; seed volume; soil seed banks
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Ganhão, E.; Dias, L.S. Seed Volume Dataset—An Ongoing Inventory of Seed Size Expressed by Volume. Data 2019, 4, 61.

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