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Name: ahmed
Status: student
Grade: 9-12
Location: AZ
Country: N/A
Date: 4/8/2005


Question:
Germinating pea seeds can live just a short time without oxygen. How this might be possible?. Why is it that seeds cannot live indefinitely without oxygen?


Replies:
Dormant seeds would not require respiration or photosynthesis. As the process of germination begins, presumably, the nutrients stored within the seed itself provide the necessary elements for the newly emerging roots and leaves until the newly emerged tissues can respire and photosynthesize.

The following might be helpful:

http://www.skoool.ie/skoool/homeworkzone.asp?id=255

Anthony Brach Ph.D.



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