Towards a systems biology approach to understanding seed dormancy and germination

Steven Penfield# & John King

Seed germination is the first adaptive decision in the development of many land plants. Advances in genetics and molecular physiology have taught us much about the control of germination using the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Here we review the current state of the art with an emphasis on mechanistic considerations and explore the potential impact of a systems biology approach to the problem.

Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 276 (1673), 3561-3569