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Ecology of Plant-Derived Smoke: Its Use in Seed Germination

Lara Jefferson, Marcello Pennacchio, and Kayri Havens-Young


This book focuses on the use of plant-derived smoke as a tool, used for promoting seed germination and growth. Our ancestors may have used smoke in this capacity for centuries. Only recently has the scientific community delved into understanding the ecology of smoke as a seed dormancy-breaking mechanism in fire-prone environments. Most research to date has focused on the fire-prone Mediterranean environments of the western USA, Western Australia, and South Africa. These environments are among the richest floristic regions in the world, and require ecological understanding in order to be manage ... More

Keywords: plant-derived smoke, seed germination, seed growth, fire-prone environments, ecosystems, aerosol smoke, smoke water

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199755936
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199755936.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lara Jefferson, author
Research Scientist, Chicago Botanic Gardens

Marcello Pennacchio, author
Ethnobotanist, Chicago Botanic Gardens

Kayri Havens-Young, author
Medard and Elizabeth Welch Director, Institute for Plant Conservation, Chicago Botanic Gardens

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