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Seeds Handbook: Biology, Production, Process and Storage

Handbook / Manual

Series: Books in Soils, Plants, and the Environment Series Volume: 103

By: BB Desai, PM Kotecha and DK Salunkhe

783 pages, Illus, tabs

CRC Press

Hardback | Dec 2004 | Edition: 2 | #150796 | ISBN: 082474800X
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NHBS Price: £185.00 $257/€210 approx

About this book

This expanded second edition of the Seeds Handbook has been revised and updated to include the latest advances in seed science and technology, discussing - for the first time in a book of this kind - novel practical methods for the production of seeds of over 80 agronomic and horticultural crops, production of synthetic seeds, mass multiplication of disease-free crop plants through newer biotechnologies such as micropropagation, genetically modified (GM) or transgenic seeds, and future challenges and research needs for the world food security. Furnishing both theoretical perspectives and hands-on methods for real-world applications, the handbook updates all areas of seed biology, production, and processing.

A few other books can be compared to Desai's Seeds Handbook, but none seems to provide broad information about seed science and technology. Considering its wide coverage, this book will be helpful to seed breeders and seed farmers. a good reference resource for agriculture students in general, and for seed technology scholars in particular. a useful addition for academic and public libraries. - E-Streams, Vol. 7, No. 12, December 2004 "recommended.offersuseful informationto practical questions within the broad area of seeds in a compact form." Journal of Plant Physiology


Part 1 Seed biology: seed morphology and development; seed dormancy; seed germination; seed viability and longevity; synthetic seed biotechnology; loss reduction and biotechnology of seeds. Part 2 Seed production: basic principles of seed production; cereal crops; pulse crops; oilseed crops; vegetable crops; flowers and ornamental crops; sugar and fibre crops; grasses and forest legumes. Part 3 Seed processing and storage technology: drying, cleaning and upgrading; seed treatment; seed packaging and handling; seed transportation and storage; seed testing; seed certification and legislation; the seed-production industry; future challenges and research needs.

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