Do seeds use cellular respiration when they are germinating?

  • $\begingroup$ What have you found while searching on the internet on your own? PS: Consider asking yourself why seeds have a high fat content. $\endgroup$ Jun 1, 2017 at 4:05
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    $\begingroup$ Seeds have preserved energy and nutrients in the form of cotyledons that are used for germination because they can't harvest their own energy until they grow leaves for photosynthesis. But I don't know whether they use cellular respiration, I'm guessing they do? $\endgroup$
    – Timothy
    Jun 1, 2017 at 4:19
  • $\begingroup$ Google: germination oxygen consumption $\endgroup$
    – Alan Boyd
    Jun 1, 2017 at 6:18
  • $\begingroup$ @Timothy yeah, and how do you think the stored energy is utilised? How is it converted from its physical form of fats/carbs to help its growth? $\endgroup$ Jun 1, 2017 at 16:28

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Those stored fats and sugars have to be burned to be utilized. Besides how ridiculous it would be to have a multicellular organism mature using only fermentation.

  • $\begingroup$ So seeds use their stored nutrients via cellular respiration? Thank you! $\endgroup$
    – Timothy
    Jun 2, 2017 at 4:40
  • $\begingroup$ It would be helpful to provide citations to back your statement. $\endgroup$ Jun 2, 2017 at 5:27

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