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dc.contributor.authorGroom, Philip
dc.contributor.authorLamont, Byron
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-30T13:14:19Z
dc.date.available2017-01-30T13:14:19Z
dc.date.created2010-10-11T06:27:56Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.citationGroom, P.K. and Lamont, B.B. (2009) Phosphorus accumulation in Proteaceae seeds: a synthesis. Plant Soil, 334 61-72
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11937/29650
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s11104-009-0135-6
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The family Proteaceae dominates the nutrient-poor, Mediterranean-climate floristic regions of southwestern Australia (SWA) and the Cape of South Africa. It is well-recognised that mediterranean Proteaceae have comparatively large seeds that are enriched with phosphorus (P), stored mainly as salts of phytic acid in protein globoids. Seed P can contribute up to 48% of the total aboveground P, with the fraction allocated depending on the species fire response. For SWA species, 70–80% of P allocated to fruiting structures is invested in seeds, compared with 30–75% for Cape species, with SWA species storing on average 4.7 times more P per seed at twice the concentration. When soil P is less limiting for growth, seed P reserves may be less important for seedling establishment, and hence plants there tend to produce smaller seeds with less P. For Australian Hakea and Grevillea species the translocation of P from the fruit wall to the seed occurs in the days/ weeks before final fruit dry mass is reached, and accounts for 4–36% of seed P. Seed P content increases with the level of serotiny, though it decreases marginally as a fraction of the total reproductive structure. The greater occurrence of serotiny and higher seed P content within the Proteaceae in SWA supports the notion that SWA soils are more P-impoverished than those of the Cape.

dc.titlePhosphorus accumulation in Proteaceae seeds: a synthesis.
dc.typeJournal Article
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curtin.facultySchool of Agriculture and Environment
curtin.facultyFaculty of Science and Engineering
curtin.facultyDepartment of Environmental Biology


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