What is it about?

The manuscript is to examine how the seed traits, especially the seed desiccation behavior and seed mass, of Indian tree species correlate with monsoon rainfall pattern along with altitudinal gradient. We identified three monsoon synchronization strategies of species to develop an ecological adaptation for seed shedding and seed germination.

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This study focused on identifying seed shedding and germination trends with respect to seasonality (synchrony with monsoons), altitude, and habitat to provide some new insights into the relationship between seed desiccation behavior and timing of seed germination. Majority of the study tree species irrespective to seed desiccation behavior show an adaptation of seed germination synchronization with monsoon rainfall. However, some of the species with desiccation-sensitive seeds nonetheless still persist without synchronizing seed shedding and germination with the monsoon, and that warrants further in-depth investigations how they cope desiccation damage during a dry spell.


Writing this article was a great learning process and a chance to interact with the lead author (Prof. SP Singh - one of the well-known Forest Ecologists of Himalayan Ecosystems).

Nalanda University

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This page is a summary of: Tree seed traits’ response to monsoon climate and altitude in Indian subcontinent with particular reference to the Himalayas, Ecology and Evolution, August 2017, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1002/ece3.3181.
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