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How much influence does the paternal parent have on seed germination?
- Baskin, Jerry M., Baskin, Carol C.
- Seed science research 2019 v.29 no.1 pp. 1-11
- abscisic acid, environmental impact, messenger RNA, nitrates, paternity, phenology, progeny, seed dormancy, seed germination, seed size, seeds
- It is well documented that the mother plant has much more influence than the father on seed dormancy/germination, especially of the F₁ offspring, primarily by providing all material (maternally derived tissue) to the diaspore coat(s); by maternal environmental effects and provisioning of nutrient resources, mRNA transcripts, protein, the hormone abscisic acid and nitrate to the seed during its development; and by determining progeny environment via dispersal and phenology. There is some evidence that the paternal influence on seed dormancy/germination of the offspring (seeds) can be mediated through multiple paternity (including mate number and diversity), non-nuclear (cytoplasmic) and nuclear (genotypic) inheritance and paternal environmental effects. Our primary aim was to determine via a literature review the influence (or not) of the paternal parent on seed germination. Altogether, 37 of 59 studies (62.7%) indicated a positive influence of the father on seed germination, although not all of them were statistically significant. In general, however, results of studies reported in the literature do not offer strong support for the paternal parent having a major role in seed germination (or seed size) of his F₁ offspring.