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dormancyDormanz (ger.)

  • An inactive period in the life of an animal or plant during which growth slows or completely ceases. (Oxford Dict. of Biology 2008)
    During […] dormancy, the animal may be frozen, without the destruction of the muscular irritability
    Carlisle, A. (1804). Continuation of an account of a peculiar arrangement in the arteries distributed on the muscles of slow-moving animals, & c. Philos. Trans. Roy. Soc. Lond. 95, 17-23: 18.
    These seeds [of certain plants] must owe their incorruptibility to some self-preserving principle, and their dormancy to the debarred approach of the solar streams of light
    Inglis, G. (1818). On the preservation of seeds, the use of lime in agriculture, and former state of cultivation in Scotland. The Philosophical Magazine and Journal 52, 436-440: 436.
    When a seed does not germinate immediately upon leaving the parent plant, it is said to be in a state of dormancy. Dormancy is not confined to seeds, however, but is also characteristic of many offshoots such as rhizomes, bulbs, tubers, etc.
    Weaver, J.E. & Clements, F.E. (1929). Plant Ecology: 113.

    thermische Induktion kann als Vernalisation bezeichnet werden, da sie eine Ruheperiode, Dormanz, überwindet.

    Rudorf, W. (1960). Entwicklungsphysiologische Grundlagen der Akklimatisation einiger Kulturpflanzen. Schriften des Vereines zur Verbreitung naturwissenschaftlicher Kenntnisse in Wien 100, 223-247: 230.


    dormancy 1: A state of relative metabolic quiescence, such as aestivation, cryptobiosis, diapause, hibernation and hypobiosis. 2: A state in which viable seeds, spores or buds fail to germinate under conditions favourable for germination and vegetative growth; dormant; cf. quiescence.    

    Lincoln, R.J., Boxshall, G.A. & Clark, P.F. (1982). A Dictionary of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics: 72.