1st Edition

Seed Storage of Horticultural Crops

ISBN 9781560229018
Published July 9, 2001 by CRC Press
339 Pages

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Book Description

Maintain viability with these techniques for proper seed storage!

Healthy, viable seeds are the foundation for sustainable crop production, while poorly kept seeds can result in low germination and crop loss. Seed Storage of Horticultural Crops suggests appropriate strategies to help farmers and breeders store seeds of all kinds.

This unique compendium gathers information from a wealth of scientific research and presents it in an easy-to-use format. Seed Storage of Horticultural Crops begins with a section on seed morphology and physiology. In subsequent sections, detailed information is provided for storage of the seeds of fruits, vegetables, and ornamental plants from tropical, subtropical, and temperate climates.

Seed Storage of Horticultural Crops provides specific details on the factors affecting seed viability, including:

  • selecting and preparing seeds for storage
  • conditions of air, light, temperature, and moisture
  • methods of seed invigoration, including priming, magnetism, and growth regulators
  • favorable conditions for germination
  • eliminating problems such as insects and fungal infection
This comprehensive volume is an essential reference for agronomists, students and educators, researchers, heritage seed collectors, and farmers. Richly illustrated with figures, tables, and photographs, Seed Storage of Horticultural Crops will help you obtain bountiful harvests, sustain growth, and preserve genetic diversity.

Table of Contents


  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Section I: Introduction
  • 1. Seeds and Seed Storage
  • Importance of Seeds in Horticulture
  • Seed Development
  • Seed Germination and Factors Affecting Seed Germination
  • Seed Storage
  • Seed Vigor
  • Varietal Differences
  • Preharvest Factors
  • Storage Conditions
  • Seed Deterioration
  • Seed Invigoration
  • Section II: Seed Storage in Fruit Crops
  • Tropical and Sub-Tropical Fruits
  • 2. Citrus (Citrus spp.)
  • Sour Orange: Citrus aurantium L.
  • Sweet Orange: Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck
  • Mandarin: Citrus reticulata Blanco
  • Lemon: Citrus limon Burm.
  • Rough Lemon: Citrus jambhiri Lush.
  • Lime: Citrus aurantifolia (Christm.) Swingle
  • Rangpur Lime: Citrus limonia Osbeck
  • Grapefruit: Citrus paradisi Macfad.
  • Pummelo: Citrus grandis Osbeck
  • Trifoliate Orange: Poncirus trifoliata (L.) Raf.
  • 3. Mango: Mangifera indica L.
  • 4. Papaya: Carica papaya L.
  • 5. Grape: Vitis vinifera L.
  • 6. Pineapple: Ananas comosus (L.) Merr.
  • 7. Guava: Psidium guajava L.
  • 8. Banana (Musa spp.)
  • 9. Jackfruit: Artocarpus heterophyllus Lam.
  • 10. Pomegranate: Punica granatum L.
  • 11. Avocado: Persea americana Mill.
  • 12. Litchi: Litchi chinensis Sonn.
  • 13. Loquat: Eribotrya japonica Lindl.
  • 14. Longan: Euphoria longan Steud.
  • 15. Mangosteen: Garcina mangostana L.
  • 16. Passion Fruit: Passiflora edulis Sims
  • 17. Sugar Apple: Annona squamosa L.
  • 18. Soursop: Annona muricata L.
  • 19. Date Palm: Phoenix dactylifera L.
  • 20. Strawberry: Fragaria xananassa Duch.
  • 21. Durian: Durio zibethinus L.
  • 22. Phalsa: Grewia asiatica Mast.
  • 23. Macadamia Nut: Macadamia integrifolia Maiden & Betche
  • 24. India Jujube: Zizyphus mauritiana Lam.
  • 25. Mulberry (Morus spp.)
  • 26. Sapodilla: Manilkara achras (Mill) Fosberg
  • 27. Rambutan: Nephelium lappaceum L.
  • Temperate Fruits
  • 28. Apple: Malus domestica Borkh. and Pear (Pyrus spp.)
  • 29. Peach: Prunus persica (L.) Batsch, Plum (Prunus spp.), and Cherry (Prunus spp.)
  • 30. Raspberry (Rubus spp.)
  • 31. Blueberry (Vaccinium spp.)
  • 32. Walnut (Juglans spp.)
  • Section III: Seed Storage in Vegetable Crops
  • 33. Potato: Solanum tuberosum L. and Sweet Potato: Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam.
  • 34. Eggplant: Solanum melogena L., Tomato: Lycopersicon esculentum Mill., and Peppers: Capsicum annuum L.
  • 35. Okra: Abelmoschcus esculentus (L.) Moench)
  • 36. Bulb Crops
  • Onion: Allium Cepa L.
  • Leek: Allium ameloprasum var. porrum L.
  • 37. Root Crops
  • Radish: Raphanus sativus L.
  • Carrot: Daucus carota L.
  • Beetroot: Beta vulgaris L.
  • Turnip: Brassica rapa L.
  • 38. Cole Crops
  • Cabbage: Brassica oleraceae var. capitata L.
  • Cauliflower: Brassica oleraceae var. botrytis L.
  • Kohlrabi: Brassica oleracea var. gongylodes L.
  • 39. Pod Vegetables
  • French Bean: Phaseoulus vulgaris L.
  • Garden Pea: Pisum sativum L.
  • Broad Bean: Vicia faba L.
  • Hyacinth Bean: Lablab niger Medik.
  • Cluster Bean: Cyamopsis tetragonolobus (L.) Taub.
  • Winged Bean: Psyphocarpus tetragonolobus DC.
  • Cowpea: Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.
  • 40. Leafy Vegetables
  • Fenugreek: Trigonella foenum-graceum L.
  • Spinach: Spinacea oleracea L.
  • Amaranthus (Amaranthus spp.)
  • Coriander: Coriandrum sativum L.
  • 41. Salad Vegetables
  • Lettuce: Latuca sativa L.
  • Celery: Apium graveolens L.
  • Asparagus: Asparagus officinalis L.
  • 42. Cucurbits
  • Cucumber: Cucumis sativus L.
  • Muskmelon: Cucumis melo L.
  • Watermelon: Citrullus lanatus Mansf.
  • Pumpkin: Cucurbita moschata (Duchesne) Poir.
  • Marrow: Curcurbita pepo L.
  • Ridge Gourd: Luffa acutangula (L.) Roxb.
  • Sponge Gourd: Luffa cylindrica (L.) Roem
  • Bitter Gourd: Momordica charantia L.
  • Bottle Gourd: Lagenaria siceraria (Mol.) Standl.
  • Section IV: Seed Storage in Ornamental Crops
  • 43. Ornamental Crops
  • Rose (Rosa spp.)
  • Orchid
  • Cactus
  • Gladiolus (Gladiolus spp.)
  • Amaryllis: Hippeastrum hybridum Hort.
  • Marigold (Tagetes spp.)
  • Delphinium (Delphinium spp.)
  • Petunia: Petunia hybrida Hort.
  • Gerbera: Gerbera jamesonii Adlam
  • Periwinkle: Catharanthus roseus (L.) Don
  • Rhododendron (Rhododendron spp.)
  • Anthurium (Anthurium spp.)
  • Caladium: Caladium bicolor (Ait.) Vent.
  • Geranium (Pelargonium spp.)
  • Camellia (Camellia spp.)
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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