7. The Glassy State in Dry Seeds and Pollen

  1. Matthew A. Jenks PhD1 and
  2. Andrew J. Wood PhD2
  1. Olivier Leprince and
  2. Julia Buitink

Published Online: 7 APR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470376881.ch7

Plant Desiccation Tolerance

Plant Desiccation Tolerance

How to Cite

Leprince, O. and Buitink, J. (2007) The Glassy State in Dry Seeds and Pollen, in Plant Desiccation Tolerance (eds M. A. Jenks and A. J. Wood), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470376881.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Center for Plant Environmental Stress, Physiology at Purdue University

  2. 2

    Professor of Stress Physiology and Molecular Biology, in the Department of Plant Biology at Southern Illinois University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 APR 2008
  2. Published Print: 14 DEC 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780813812632

Online ISBN: 9780470376881



  • dry seeds;
  • desiccation tolerance;
  • anhydrobiotes;
  • chemical reactions;
  • molecular interactions


This chapter contains section titled:

  • Introduction

  • Definition, Formation, and Detection of Glasses

  • Properties of Intracellular Glasses: Water, Hydrogen Bonding Network, Molecular Density, and Relaxation

  • Glasses Enhance Structural Stability and Life Span of Dry Anhydrobiotes

  • Predictions of Longevity by Glass Parameters

  • Putative Composition of Intracellular Glasses

  • Concluding Remarks