Reeve, Roger M. Western Regional Research Laboratory, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Albany, California.
Lowell, Cadance A. Department of Biology, Central State University, Wiberforce, Ohio.
Touchell, Darren H. Germplasm Research Unit, National Seed Storage Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Fort Collins, Colorado.
Walters, Christina Germplasm Research Unit, National Seed Storage Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Fort Collins, Colorado.
Roos, Eric E. Germplasm Research Unit, National Seed Storage Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Fort Collins, Colorado.
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A fertilized ovule containing an embryo which forms a new plant upon germination. Seed-bearing characterizes the higher plants—the gymnosperms (conifers and allies) and the angiosperms (flowering plants). Gymnosperm (naked) seeds arise on the surface of a structure, as on a seed scale of a pine cone. Angiosperm (covered) seeds develop within a fruit, as the peas in a pod. See also: Flower; Fruit
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