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Germination and seed bank depletion of holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) in four microhabitat types

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dc.contributor.author Arrieta, Sagrario
dc.contributor.author Suárez, F.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-08-19T09:09:06Z
dc.date.available 2016-08-19T09:09:06Z
dc.date.issued 2004
dc.identifier.citation Arrieta, S., & Suárez, F. (2004). Germination and seed bank depletion of holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) in four microhabitat types. Seed Science Research, 14(3), 305-313. spa
dc.identifier.issn 09602585
dc.identifier.issn 14752735
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11268/5638
dc.description.abstract The germination dynamics of Ilex aquifolium L. were studied in central Spain using a 3-year field sowing experiment. Ten triads of bags (n = 30 seeds per bag) were buried randomly in four different microhabitats: inside the holly woodland, along the forest edge, in open grassland and under isolated shrubs. Bags were harvested annually, and seeds were analysed for seed viability, embryo development changes and germination. Holly seeds did not germinate until the second year. Embryo development and seed germination were faster at the forest edge, with a total germination proportion of 63% of sown seeds. Germination in the holly woodland (48%), under the shrubs (46%) and in grassland (46%) were very similar. Thus, recruitment of Ilex populations in this region is not limited by requirements for germination. After the third year, the seed bank was reduced by 80–90% of the initial seeds, so it can be considered as a short-persistent seed bank. Holly seed behaviour can enhance recruitment in semi-open areas, such as forest edges. Linked to the short persistence of its seed bank, this species can be considered an intermediate strategist between mature forest specialists and early successional species. This work contributes to a deeper knowledge of the germination ecology of I. aquifolium, in an effort to determine the relative importance of germination/ dormancy processes within holly population dynamics. spa
dc.description.sponsorship SIN FINANCIACIÓN spa
dc.language.iso eng spa
dc.title Germination and seed bank depletion of holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) in four microhabitat types spa
dc.type article spa
dc.description.impact 1.019 JCR (2004) Q2, 67/118 Plant sciences spa
dc.identifier.doi 10.1079/SSR2004180
dc.rights.accessRights closedAccess spa
dc.subject.uem Bosques - Conservación - España spa
dc.subject.uem Botánica - España spa
dc.subject.unesco Botánica spa
dc.subject.unesco España spa
dc.description.filiation UEM spa
dc.peerreviewed Si spa


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