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Patience Yields Secrets of Seed Longevity

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Science  09 Mar 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5510, pp. 1884-1885
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5510.1884

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How long can a seed survive in the dark, cold ground, yet still burst into life when blessed by sun or rain? A pioneering experiment begun over a century ago to answer this question has become the world's longest running seed viability experiment. Along the way, it has inspired scientists in a growing number of fields worldwide to explore the mystery of seed longevity.

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