Comparing after-ripening response and germination requirements of Conyza canadensis and C. bonariensis (Asteraceae) through logistic functions
2007 (English)In: Weed research (Print), ISSN 0043-1737, Vol. 47, no 5, 433-441 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Germination requirements and after-ripening effects during one year of dry storage at 15/5 and 25/15°C (day/night) were compared for Conyza bonariensis and C. canadensis (Asteraceae). A logistic function was fitted to the results from tests over time in various incubation conditions, using three populations of each species as replicates. Time required for response to dry storage was measured by using a new method; the third derivative of the logistic function. Therefore, a point when major germination was achieved could be detected, without having to rely on maximum germination (which is uncertain), individual data points or any subjectively chosen limit. Fresh seeds of both species were dependent on light for germination and after-ripening was mainly manifested by increasing germination in darkness. Low dormancy status and light requirement might indicate that soil cultivations should rapidly reduce the seed banks of these species, although fecundity and wind dispersal will affect population levels. The species differed in their germination response, with C. bonariensis germinating at lower temperatures than C. canadensis. This seemingly counter-intuitive result may explain the prevention of fatal germination of C. canadensis in cold conditions and its behaviour as a summer annual in northern climates, while C. bonariensis is restricted to warmer parts of the world.
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Blackwell , 2007. Vol. 47, no 5, 433-441 p.
Dormancy type, fleabane, horseweed, logistic function, response time
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-11881DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3180.2007.00576.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-11881DiVA: diva2:18283
The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com: L M KARLSSON & P MILBERG, Comparing after-ripening response and germination requirements of Conyza canadensis and C. bonariensis (Asteraceae) through logistic functions, 2007, Weed Research, (47), 433-441. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-3180.2007.00576.x. Copyright: Blackwell Publishing www.blackwell-synergy.com2008-05-222008-05-222014-10-08