Dr. Héctor Pérez
Seeds are perhaps the most important means of plant reproduction. Therefore, seeds represent an essential component of plant conservation and restoration activities. At the same time, wildflower seed producers are seeking to bolster production due to increasing demand. However, a significant challenge to meeting conservation and restoration goals and the needs of seed producers is the fact that very little is known regarding the seed biology of wild plant species. In this regard, Dr. Pérez’s research efforts focus on translating fundamental knowledge related to how seeds: 1) remain viable in the soil or in germplasm storage for extended periods given stressful environmental conditions; 2) interact with changing environmental conditions to alleviate dormancy and promote germination; and 3) respond to applied germination enhancement technologies.