Viability of Stored Seed: Extension by Cathodic Protection

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Science  20 Dec 1974:
Vol. 186, Issue 4169, pp. 1123-1124
DOI: 10.1126/science.186.4169.1123


Placing seeds on a negatively charged conductor extended their viability during artificial aging. Such cathodic protection may reduce free radical attack by providing a source of electrons. The results stupport the hypothesis of free radical damage to cellular components and are consistent with such damage being important in deteriorative senescence changes.