Biology: The Unity and Diversity o...

15th Edition
Cecie Starr + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337408332



Biology: The Unity and Diversity o...

15th Edition
Cecie Starr + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337408332
Textbook Problem

Professional gardeners often soak seeds in hydrogen peroxide before planting them. Why?

Summary Introduction

To explain: Why professional gardeners soak their seeds in hydrogen peroxide before planting.

Concept introduction: Seeds inside every fruit are meant to grow by itself into a new plant through a process called seed germination. There are several environmental factors that determine the process including temperature, water availability, nature of the soil, and availability of sunlight. Moreover, plant hormones do the major part as they are meant for the better growth and development of a plant starting from its seedling stage to its death.


Professional farmers follow many simple tips to enhance the growth of their seedling even before introducing them to soil. There are several professional farmers who use hydrogen peroxide solution to soak their seeds before planting.

Various growth factors and many plant hormones are very crucial for the germination of a seed into a functional plant. Abscisic acid (ABA), one of the plant hormones, must be in a very low concentration or it has to be declined in a seed as it masks the expression of many genes involved in the growth process...

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