Type: Book

Advances in seed science and technology for more sustainable crop production


Dr Julia Buitink is a Senior Scientist and Research Director at IRHS (the Research Institute of Horticulture and Seeds) within INRAE (the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment). Dr Buitink is President-Elect of the International Society for Seed Science (ISSS). She is internationally renowned for her research on the mechanisms determining seed stress tolerance. Dr Olivier Leprince is Professor of Plant Physiology at L’Institut Agro - Agrocampus Ouest, France. Professor Leprince is a world-leading expert on the seed desiccation tolerance, longevity and vigour. He is ISSS Regional Representative for Western Europe and Scandinavia and Associate Editor of Seed Science Research.



Publication date:

Q2 2022

Length of book:

360 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786769176

Hardback - £150.00
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Seed quality is critical to achieving successful crop cultivation, propagation and breeding, whilst seeds are also pivotal to the conservation and management of plant genetic resources. The sector must develop a better understanding of seed quality, germination and seedling emergence to ensure successful crop establishment.

Advances in seed science and technology for more sustainable crop production provides an authoritative review of the wealth of current research on key advances in seed science and technology. The collection considers the development of new techniques to ensure seed quality control, including seed phenotyping, hyper-spectral imaging and electrophotography. Later chapters discuss advances in seed coating, conditioning and priming techniques, as well as the growing use of biostimulant-based seed treatments throughout agriculture.

Key features

  • Considers best practices for ensuring seed quality and health, such as phenotyping and non-invasive techniques, including hyper=spectral imaging and x-rays 
  • Provides a comprehensive review of our understanding of seed biology and the impact of genetic and environmental factors in determining seed longevity, dormancy and rate of seedling emergence 
  • Assesses key challenges facing seed science, including the need to mitigate the effects of climate change on seed quality and production

Table of contents

Part 1 Understanding seeds: from biology to the field
1.Advances in understanding the genetic and molecular mechanisms governing seed germination: Henk Hilhorst, Wageningen University, The Netherlands;
2.Understanding the effects of maternal environment in controlling seed dormancy: Roberto Benech-Arnold, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina;
3.Advances in population-based threshold models to predict the effects of seedbed environment on germination and seedling emergence of crops: Kent Bradford, University of California-Davis, USA;
4.Understanding biotic stresses affecting seed germination and seedling emergence: James Dalling, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA;
5.Advances in understanding the genetic and environmental factors determining seed longevity: Julia Buitink, INRAE, France;

Part 2 Seed quality control
6.Advances in seed phenotyping and applications to seed testing/monitoring and breeding: David Rousseau, University of Angers, France;
7.Advances in testing seed health: Peter Bonants, Wageningen University, The Netherlands;
8.Advances in preservation of seed vigour during seed storage: Fiona Hay, Aarhus University, Denmark;

Part 3 Seed treatments
9.Advances in seed coating techniques: Saad Khan, North Carolina State University, USA;
10.Advances in enhancing seed defence mechanisms against pathogens: John Hampton, Lincoln University, New Zealand;
11.Biostimulant seed treatments: Joshua Klein, Volcani Centre-ARO, Israel;
12.Advances in seed conditioning/priming techniques: Henry Bruggink, INCOTEC, The Netherlands;