Germinating Mung Bean Seeds (IMAGE) University of Münster Caption Plant seeds can store their energy in a dry state for years, only to suddenly release it and germinate. How is energy in the seed made available? How can energy metabolism be started early and efficiently? An international team of researchers led by the University of Münster (Germany) has discovered that thiol redox switches play a key role in kick-starting the energy metabolism. Credit Bettina Richter Usage Restrictions Please use this picture only in connection with the press release. License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.