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Seeds and the Art of Genome Maintenance

Successful germination represents a crucial developmental transition in the plant
lifecycle and is important both for crop yields and plant survival in natural ecosystems.
However, germination potential decreases during storage and seed longevity is a key
determinant of crop production. Decline in germination vigor is initially manifest as
an increasing delay to radicle emergence and the completion of germination and
eventually culminating in loss of seed viability.

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