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1 May 2012 Investigating the Influence of Karrikins on Seed Germination
Josef De Beer
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Recent research has identified a karrikin (a butcnolide derative) known as 3-methyl-2H-furo[2,3-c]pyran-2-one, formed from burning cellulose, that stimulates seed germination. Here, I present ideas on how to investigate the influence of karrikins on seed germination in the laboratory.

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Josef De Beer "Investigating the Influence of Karrikins on Seed Germination," The American Biology Teacher 74(5), 324-329, (1 May 2012). https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2012.74.5.7
Published: 1 May 2012
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3-methyl-2H-furo[2,3-c]pyran-2-one
butenolide
hands-on laboratory task
Karrikins
scientific method
seed germination
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