Handbook of Seed Science and Technology

Food Products Press,U.S.
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 12. Juni 2008
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 812 Seiten
978-1-56022-315-3 (ISBN)
A reference text with the latest information and research for educators, students, and researchers!

World hunger and malnutrition remain an alarming concern that spurs researchers to develop quality technology. The Handbook of Seed Science and Technology is an extensive reference text for educators, students, practitioners, and researchers that focuses on the underlying mechanisms of seed biology and the impact of powerful biotechnological approaches on world hunger, malnutrition, and consumer preferences. This comprehensive guide provides the latest available research from noted experts pointing out the likely directions of future developments as it presents a wealth of seed biology and technological information.

Seed science is the all-important foundation of plant science study. The Handbook of Seed Science and Technology provides an integrative perspective that takes you through the fundamentals to the latest applications of seed science and technology. This resource provides a complete overview, divided into four sections: Seed Developmental Biology and Biotechnology; Seed Dormancy and Germination; Seed Ecology; and Seed Technology.

The Handbook of Seed Science and Technology examines:

- the molecular control of ovule development

- female gametophyte development

- cytokinins and seed development

- grain number determination in major grain crops

- metabolic engineering of carbohydrate supply in plant reproductive development

- enhancing the nutritive value of seeds by genetic engineering

- the process of accumulation of seed proteins and using biotechnology to improve crops

- synthetic seeds

- dormancy and germination

- hormonal interactions during dormancy release and germination

- photoregulation of seed germination

- seed size

- seed predation

- natural defense mechanisms in seeds

- seed protease inhibitors

- soil seed banks

- the ecophysiological basis of weed seed longevity in the soil

- seed quality testing

- seed vigor and its assessment

- diagnosis of seed-borne pathogens

- seed quality in vegetable crops

- vegetable hybrid seed production

- practical hydration of seeds of tropical crops

- seed technology in plant germplasm

The Handbook of Seed Science and Technology is extensively referenced and packed with tables and diagrams, and makes an essential source for students, educators, researchers, and practitioners in seed science and technology.
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  • Abingdon
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  • Großbritannien
Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
  • Höhe: 214 mm
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  • Breite: 154 mm
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  • Dicke: 38 mm
  • 1012 gr
978-1-56022-315-3 (9781560223153)
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- About the Editor

- Contributors


- Chapter 1. Molecular Control of Ovule Development (Sureshkumar Balasubramanian and Kay Schneitz)

- Introduction

- What Are Ovules?

- Emergence of the Ovule As a Model to Study Organogenesis

- Ovule Specification

- Initiation/Outgrowth of the Ovule Primordia

- Pattern Formation

- Cell-Cell Communication During Ovule Development

- Morphogenesis

- Perspectives

- Chapter 2. Female Gametophyte Development (Wei-Cai Yang)

- Introduction

- Organization of the Female Gametophyte

- Archesporial Cell Formation

- Megasporogenesis

- Formation of the Functional Megaspore

- Megagametogenesis

- The Female Germ Unit

- Genetic Control of Megagametophyte Development

- Conclusions and Perspectives

- Chapter 3. Cytokinins and Seed Development (Neil Emery and Craig Atkins)

- Introduction

- Cytokinin Biosynthesis in Plants

- Discovery and Characterization of CKs in Developing Seeds

- Sources of Cytokinin in Seeds

- Developing Seeds: A Rich Mine of Cytokinin Enzymes

- Biological Activity of Cytokinin in Developing Seeds

- Can CK Content Be Manipulated to Alter Grain Development?

- Molecular Basis of a Signaling Role for Cytokinins

- Future Prospects

- Chapter 4. Grain Number Determination in Major Grain Crops (Gustavo A. Slafer, Fernanda G. González, Adriana G. Kantolic, Elena M. Whitechurch, L. Gabriela Abeledo, Daniel J. Miralles, and Roxana Savin)

- Introduction

- Grain Number Determination

- Extrapolations to Other Major Crops

- Concluding Remarks

- Chapter 5. Carbon Partitioning in Developing Seed (Yong-Ling Ruan and Prem S. Chourey)

- Introduction

- Seed Anatomy and Cellular Pathway of Sugar Transport

- Temporal and Spatial Patterns of Carbon Partitioning

- Key Genes Controlling Carbon Partitioning in Seeds

- Conclusions and Future Perspectives

- Chapter 6. Metabolic Engineering of Carbohydrate Supply in Plant Reproductive Development (Marc Goetz and Thomas Roitsch)

- The Impact of Plant Reproduction Events on Agriculture

- The Role of the Tapetum in Male Gametophyte Development

- Strategies to Generate Male Sterility in Plants

- Importance of Carbohydrates in Plant Growth and Development

- Carbohydrate Supply and Male Sterility

- Future Perspectives

- Chapter 7. Enhancing the Nutritive Value of Seeds by Genetic Engineering (N. D. Hagan and T. J. V. Higgins)

- Enhancing the Nutritive Value of Seed Protein

- Enhancing the Fatty Acid Content of Seeds

- Enhancing the Vitamin and Mineral Content of Seeds

- Current Limitations

- Conclusions

- Chapter 8. The Process of Accumulation of Seed Proteins and the Prospects for Using Biotechnology to Improve Crops (Eliot M. Herman)

- Introduction

- Synthesis and Accumulation of Seed Proteins

- The Protein Storage Vacuole

- Protein Bodies

- Biotechnology to Study and Change Seed Proteins

- Identifying and Altering Molecular-Based Traits in Seeds

- Chapter 9. Synthetic Seeds Technology (P. Suprasanna, T. R. Ganapathi, and V. A. Bapat)

- Introduction

- Encapsulation Methods

- Different Propagules Used for Synthetic Seeds

- Applications

- Case Studies

- Critical Considerations

- Limitations and Prospects


- Chapter 10. Dormancy and Germination (Henk W. M. Hilhorst, Leonie Bentsink, and Maarten Koornneef)

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