Now we will proceed with what the physiologists figured out...

The first step in barley seed germination is imbibition. In this process, water penetrates the seed coat and begins to soften the hard, dry tissues inside. The water uptake causes the grain to swell up. The seed/fruit coat usually splits open allowing water to enter even faster. The water begins to activate the biochemistry of the dormant embryo.

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