A mathematical model is presented to estimate the effects of phytochemicals on seed germination. According to the model, phytochemicals tend to prevent germination at low seed densities. The model predicts that at high seed densities they may increase the probability of seed germination and the number of germinating seeds. Hence, the effects are reminiscent of the density-dependent effects of allelochemicals on plant growth, but the involved variables are germination probability and seedling number. The results imply that it should be possible to bypass inhibitory effects of allelopathy in certain agricultural practices and to increase the efficiency of nature conservation in several plant communities.
"MODELING THE EFFECT OF DENSITY-DEPENDENT CHEMICAL INTERFERENCE UPON SEED GERMINATION,"
Dose-Response: An International Journal:
3, Article 6.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umass.edu/dose_response/vol4/iss3/6