RECORD: Darwin, C. R. 1855. Does sea-water kill seeds? Gardeners' Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette no. 15 (14 April): 242.

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Does Sea-Water Kill Seeds?—I have begun making some few experiments on the effects of immersion in sea-water on the germinating powers of seeds, in the hope of being able to throw a very little light on the distribution of plants, more especially in regard to the same species being found in many cases in far outlying islands and on the mainland. Will any of your readers be so kind as to inform me whether such experiments have already been tried? And, secondly, what class of seeds, or particular species, they have any reason to suppose would be eminently liable to be killed by sea-water? The results at which I have already arrived are too few and unimportant to be worth mentioning. Charles Darwin, Down, Farnborough, Kent, April 11.

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