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Ecology of Plant-Derived SmokeIts Use in Seed Germination$
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Lara Jefferson, Marcello Pennacchio, and Kayri Havens-Young

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199755936

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199755936.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Ecology of Plant-Derived Smoke

Lara Vanessa Jefferson

Marcello Pennacchio

Kayri Havens

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter begins by discussing the historical background of smoke and fire, describing the African primitive purposes of fire such as a crop enhancement, fertility charm, and a sign for a bountiful harvest. It identifies the treatment of seeds with heat and smoke prior to sowing as a source of increased number of sprouts, good seed quality, and seed vigor as shown by the early accounts of Gabriel Sagard and Modi. It provides an exposition on certain smoke-responding seed varieties in the parts of Australia and in the Mediterranean region.

Keywords:   crop enhancement, fertility charm, bountiful harvest, seed quality, seed vigor, Gabriel Sagard, seed varieties, Australia, Mediterranean region

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