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Principles of Seed Science and Technology


By: Lawrence O Copeland and Miller F McDonald

488 pages, 44 b/w photos, 70 line illus, 28 tabs

Chapman & Hall

Hardback | Dec 2001 | Edition: 4 | #122181 | ISBN: 0792373227
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NHBS Price: £130.50 $160/€147 approx

About this book

This fourth edition of the successful textbook provides an updated introduction to the science and technology of seeds. It presents a straightforward exploration of the seed as a biological system, from its origin and examines the fundamentals of how seeds are produced, conditioned, evaluated, and distributed in modern agriculture. This edition has been thoroughly revised and contains new chapters on seed ecology and seed drying. Special care has been taken to incorporate new genetic testing procedures made possible by the biotechnology revolution that is occurring throughout agriculture. Principles of Seed Science and Technology, Fourth edition gives advanced undergraduate students the current state of the art and future trends in seed technology. Newcomers to the field will also benefit from this volume's straightforward style and in-depth treatment of the subject.


Reproductive processes in plants; Seed formation and development; The chemistry of seeds; Seed germination; Seed viability testing; Seed dormancy; Seed vigour and vigour tests; Seed longevity and deterioration; Seed production; Seed conditioning and handling; Seed enhancements; Seed certification; Seed testing; Seed pathology and pathological testing; Seed marketing; Seed legislation and law enforcement.

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