Germination capacity of 75 herbaceous species of the Pannonian flora and implications for restoration

R. Kiss, J. Sonkoly, P. Török, B. Tóthmérész, B. Deák, K. Tóth, K. Lukács, L. Godó, A. Kelemen, T. Miglécz, Sz Radócz, E. Tóth, N. Balogh, O. Valkó

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Abstract

Seeds ensure the survival and dispersal of the majority of vascular plant species. Seeds require species-specific germination conditions and display very different germination capacities using different germination methods. Despite the importance of plant generative reproduction, little is known about the germination capacity of the seeds of the Pannonian flora, particularly under field conditions. Our aim was to reduce this knowledge gap by providing original data on the germination capacity of 75 herbaceous species. We reported the germination capacity of 8 species for the first time. We also highlighted the year-to-year differences in the germination capacity of 11 species which could be highly variable between years. The data regarding the germination capacity of target species, as well as weeds and invasive species, can be informative for nature conservation and restoration projects. Our findings support the composition of proper seed mixtures for ecological restoration and also highlight the importance of testing seed germination capacity before sowing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-368
Number of pages12
JournalActa Botanica Hungarica
Volume60
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018

Keywords

  • Database
  • Germination potential
  • Germination rate
  • Grassland restoration
  • Regional flora

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Plant Science

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    Kiss, R., Sonkoly, J., Török, P., Tóthmérész, B., Deák, B., Tóth, K., Lukács, K., Godó, L., Kelemen, A., Miglécz, T., Radócz, S., Tóth, E., Balogh, N., & Valkó, O. (2018). Germination capacity of 75 herbaceous species of the Pannonian flora and implications for restoration. Acta Botanica Hungarica, 60(3-4), 357-368. https://doi.org/10.1556/034.60.2018.3-4.7