Seeds and Oxygen
Germinating pea seeds can live just a short time
without oxygen. How this might be possible?. Why is it that seeds
cannot live indefinitely without oxygen?
Dormant seeds would not require respiration or photosynthesis. As
the process of germination begins, presumably, the nutrients
stored within the seed itself provide the necessary elements for
the newly emerging roots and leaves until the newly emerged
tissues can respire and photosynthesize.
The following might be helpful:
Anthony Brach Ph.D.
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Update: June 2012