Kermit Olson Memorial Lecture "The Amazing World of Seeds"
The Amazing World of Seeds
Seeds are both important and remarkable. They provide most of the world’s nutrition, have numerous industrial and pharmaceutical applications, and can survive—sometimes for years—under extreme conditions. However, it is easy to overlook many other ways that seeds are amazing. They are beautiful. Seeds sense the environment and time germination to occur when the probability for success is highest. Seeds switch from a program of creation and storage during development to a program of destruction and disappearance during germination. How they do all this really is amazing. My own fascination with seeds aligns with that of noted author Henry David Thoreau: “Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed... Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders!