Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory Office of Science NEWTON's Homepage NEWTON's Homepage
NEWTON, Ask A Scientist!
NEWTON Home Page NEWTON Teachers Visit Our Archives Ask A Question How To Ask A Question Question of the Week Our Expert Scientists Volunteer at NEWTON! Frequently Asked Questions Referencing NEWTON About NEWTON About Ask A Scientist Education At Argonne Seed Physiology
Name: Leslie
Status: student
Grade: 6-8
Location: NJ
Country: USA
Date: Fall 2010

Question:
Are seeds alive and use energy?



Replies:
Some seeds that you find are indeed dead and won't ever germinate. They are like rocks.

Other seeds, sometimes thousands of years old are alive but dormant. These dormant seeds don't start expending energy (such as beginning the sprouting process) until conditions meet their germination needs, such as the presence of water, the correct temperature range, or freeze cycles. (Some seeds require the experience of freezing temperatures before they can initiate their sprouting process). Sincere regards,

Mike Stewart


Yes, seeds are alive and have stored energy:

http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/bio99/bio99334.htm

Anthony R. Brach, PhD
Missouri Botanical Garden
c/o Harvard University Herbaria



Click here to return to the Botany Archives

NEWTON is an electronic community for Science, Math, and Computer Science K-12 Educators, sponsored and operated by Argonne National Laboratory's Educational Programs, Andrew Skipor, Ph.D., Head of Educational Programs.

For assistance with NEWTON contact a System Operator (help@newton.dep.anl.gov), or at Argonne's Educational Programs

NEWTON AND ASK A SCIENTIST
Educational Programs
Building 360
9700 S. Cass Ave.
Argonne, Illinois
60439-4845, USA
Update: June 2012
Weclome To Newton

Argonne National Laboratory