Comparisons of soil seed bank classification systems

Péter Csontos, Júlia Tamás

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Since 1969, ten soil seed bank classification systems have been published. Among these systems, the number of recognized seed bank categories varies from three to twelve. Seed longevity is the main factor used for distinguishing categories, but dormancy and germination types are also important. Systems considering relatively few seed bank categories have been the most commonly proposed in contemporary plant ecology. In contrast, systems involving high numbers of categories have received limited interest because the detailed ecological knowledge of individual species required for their successful categorization is usually missing. A comprehensive table on the main features of seed bank classification systems is provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-111
Number of pages11
JournalSeed Science Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2003


  • Dormancy
  • Persistent seed bank
  • Seed bank classification
  • Transient seed bank

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science

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