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germination of a bean seed


v. ger·mi·nat·ed, ger·mi·nat·ing, ger·mi·nates
To cause to sprout or grow.
1. To begin to sprout or grow.
2. To come into existence: An idea germinated in his mind.

[Latin germināre, germināt-, to sprout, from germen, germin-, sprout, bud; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]

ger′mi·na′tion n.
ger′mi·na′tive adj.
ger′mi·na′tor n.
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germination of a bean seed


The beginning of growth, as of a seed, spore, or bud. The germination of most seeds and spores occurs in response to warmth and water.

germinate verb
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The start of the development of a plant from seed or spore.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.germination - the process whereby seeds or spores sprout and begin to growgermination - the process whereby seeds or spores sprout and begin to grow
growing, growth, ontogenesis, ontogeny, maturation, development - (biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level; "he proposed an indicator of osseous development in children"
2.germination - the origin of some development; "the germination of their discontent"
inception, origination, origin - an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events
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[ˌdʒɜːmɪˈneɪʃən] Ngerminación f
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[ˌdʒɜːrmɪˈneɪʃən] ngermination fgerm warfare nguerre f bactériologique
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n (lit)Keimung f; (fig)Aufkeimen nt (geh)
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[dʒɜːmɪˈneɪʃn] ngerminazione f
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(ˈdʒəːmineit) verb
to (cause eg a seed to) begin to grow.
ˌgermiˈnation noun
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n. germinación, brote de una planta o desarrollo de una persona o animal.
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Global Coated Seed Market Drivers and Restraints Improved germination rate, high crop yield, protection against pests & fungal diseases and the availability of specialized coated seeds are some of the factors expected to drive the global coated seed market in the forecast period.
The other day a farmer from Narok narrated how he was incurring losses due to poor germination rate of his seedlings.He said he had bought half a kilo of onion seeds at Sh12,000 and had expected to grow them on a half-acre.
Five out of 10 would show a 50 percent germination rate, eight out of 10, 80 percent germination, and so on.
Some tree species exhibited the highest seed germination rate in the middle age, such as Sorbus torminalis [14] and Pinus echinata [15].
The germination rate index (GRI) was calculated using Maguire's equation (MAGUIRE, 1962): GRI = [summation] ([n.sub.i]/[t.sub.i]), where [n.sub.i] is the number of germinated seeds on a given day, and [t.sub.i] is the time in days from the sowing day (0).
We tested germination behaviors such as (1) final germination proportion and (2) germination rate, by two modeling approaches: (1) Generalized Linear Mixed Models (GLMM) and (2) Time-to-event Analysis, respectively, both focusing on cypselae or seeds as sampling units.
The increased salt level of the conditions lowered the water uptake of the seeds and germination rate (Akbarimoghaddam et al., 2011; Shereen et al., 2011; Balkan et al., 2015; Dogan and Carpici, 2016).
He discouraged farmers from using uncertified seeds since they have a low germination rate and poor yields.
If six have sprouted, that's a 60 percent germination rate.
However, through tissue culture techniques optimum germination rate can be achieved.
Germination experiment: We randomly selected 1 200 additional seeds to assess the influence of three factors: substrate (soil versus vermiculite), temperature (25[degrees]C constant versus ambient between 18-22[degrees]C) and moisture (humidity at 25% versus 50%), on germination capacity (the total number of seeds germinated, expressed in percentages) and germination rate (number of seeds germinated per day, expressed in percentages) (Ranal & Santana, 2006).