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Wildfire Smoke Regulates Seed Germination

Nature's so smart and we haven't realized just how smart natural systems are to create and nurture life!

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The latest discovery about smoke's secret life is a plant growth INHIBITOR in smoke. Seeds are so smart they regulate WHEN they will germinate after a devastating wildfire.

"Smoke plays an intriguing role in promoting the germination of seeds of many species following a fire," Johannes Van Staden and colleagues point out in the seed germination research report.

These natural processes researchers previously discovered a chemical compound in smoke from burning plants that PROMOTES seed germination. Such seeds, which remain in the undercover on forest and meadow floors after fires have been extinguished, are responsible for the surprisingly rapid regrowth of fire-devastated landscapes.

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In their new research, the Van Staden and his fellow scientists report discovering an inhibitor compound that may block the action of the stimulator, preventing germination of seeds.

Natural Regulation System

Scientists suspect that the compounds may be part of a carefully crafted natural regulatory system for repopulating fire-ravaged landscapes. Interaction of these and other compounds may ensure that seeds remain dormant until environmental conditions are best for germination.

The inhibitor thus may delay germination of seeds until moisture and temperature are right, and then take a back seat to the germination promoter in smoke.

The study appears in by American Chemical Society's Journal of Natural Products.

I'm constantly amazed at the systemic intelligence of the earth... and the universe. To manage this many forms of life...and keep everything in balance... shouldn't we be responsible enough not to destroy the goose that lays this golden egg of life?



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