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Advances in seed science and technology for more sustainable crop production


Dr Julia Buitink is a 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 of the International Society for Seed Science (ISSS). She is internationally renowned for her research on regulatory networks involved in the acquisition of seed vigour during development. Dr Olivier Leprince is Professor of Plant Physiology at L’Institut Agro - Rennes Angers, 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:

26 July 2022

Length of book:

368 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786769176

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With the continued effects of climate change threatening the security of the global food system, there is a greater emphasis on ensuring successful crop establishment as a means of optimising agricultural production.

Advances in seed science and technology for more sustainable crop production considers how an improved understanding of seed quality, germination and seedling emergence can address this challenge. The book reviews the development of new techniques to ensure seed quality control, including seed phenotyping, as well as the role of genetic and environmental factors in determining seed longevity.

In its comprehensive exploration of seed science and technology, the book highlights how an informed understanding of seed biology can contribute to mitigating the effects of climate change on seed quality and consequently crop production.

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

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What others are saying...

"This seed science book edited by the two prominent scientists contains an excellent line up of proposed chapters by world experts. Bridging fundamental biology, such as modeling and longevity studies, and applied science, including seed enhancement and pathogen control, is a particular strength of this book. This book will be a great reference for both academic and industrial researchers, as well as many others involved in agriculture."
Dr Hiro Nonogaki, Oregon State University, USA

Table of contents

Part 1 Understanding seeds: from biology to the field
1.Seed dormancy and germination: a critical update: Henk W. M. Hilhorst, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands and University of Cape Town, South Africa;
2.Understanding the effects of maternal environment in controlling seed dormancy: Roberto L. Benech-Arnold, Cátedra de Cultivos Industriales, IFEVA-Facultad de Agronomía (CONICET/UBA), Argentina; M. Verónica Rodríguez, Cátedra de Fisiología Vegetal, IFEVAFacultad de Agronomía (CONICET/UBA), Argentina; Diego Batlla, Cátedra de Cerealicultura, IFEVA-Facultad de Agronomía (CONICET/UBA), Argentina; and Rocío Fernández Farnocchia, Cátedra de Cultivos Industriales, IFEVA-Facultad de Agronomía (CONICET/UBA), Argentina;
3.Applying population-based threshold models to quantify and improve seed quality attributes: Kent J. Bradford and Pedro Bello, University of California-Davis, USA;
4.Biotic sources of seed losses influencing germination and emergence success in crop plants and agricultural weeds: James W. Dalling and Adam S. Davis, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA;
5.Advances in understanding the genetic and environmental factors determining seed longevity: Julia Buitink and Olivier Leprince, Institut Agro, Univ Angers, INRAE, IRHS, France;

Part 2 Seed quality control and treatment
6.Advances in seed phenotyping using X-ray imaging: Sherif Hamdy, Aurélie Charrier and Laurence Le Corre, GEVES, France; Pejman Rasti, Université d’Angers and École d’ingénieur Informatique et Environnement (ESAIP), France; and David Rousseau, Université d’Angers, France;
7.Advances in testing seed health: Peter Bonants, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands;
8.Advances in preservation of seed vigour during storage: Fiona R. Hay, Aarhus University, Denmark;
9.Enhancing seed defence mechanisms against pathogens: John Hampton, Bio-Protection Research Centre, Lincoln University, New Zealand;
10.Advances in seed priming techniques: Henry Bruggink, Incotec Europe, The Netherlands;