Are seeds alive?
Name: Kim Michalek
Are seeds living or nonliving?
Seeds are living. You can do experiments that show that some of
the tissues inside of seeds remain active and are going through some
basic metabolic steps, such as in cellular respiration. In other
words, seeds are using small amounts of stored energy, staying alive
and "waiting" for good conditions to begin to grow. Most seeds need
things like water and certain temperatures to begin to grow. Some
seeds need special conditions, such as a period of cold weather or
even being scorched in a forest fire to begin to grow.
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Update: June 2012