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Seeds Handbook

Processing And Storage, 2nd Edition

By Babasaheb B. Desai

CRC Press

800 pages

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Revised and expanded throughout, this latest edition of the bestselling Seeds Handbook: Biology, Production, Processing, and Storage includes valuable information on all areas of seed biology, production, and processing. The author, one of the most respected and prolific scientists in the field, identifies current developments in seed testing and certification, storage, transportation, and distribution. Tracking the evolution and advancement of seed industries and technologies, he fully covers the development and supply of high-quality seeds for every key agronomic and horticulture crop.

Contains methods to enhance the genetic and physiological characteristics of more than 80 major and minor crops

With an abundance of current research and additional figures and illustrations, this edition of the Seeds Handbook offers chapters on modern biotechnological issues such as the production of synthetic seeds, loss-reduction biotechnologies, and new strategies in the seed production industry. It provides in-depth information on burgeoning areas of seed science including tissue culture and cellular totipotency, induction and regeneration protocols, development and maturation, hormone requirements, drying and storage of somatic embryos, protective encapsulation, and crop applications. With an eye to the future, it looks at challenges in the provision and enhancement of seeds for crop plants, practical methods of seed production and micropropagation, genetically modified seeds, and world food security.


"…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

Journal of Plant Physiology

Table of Contents


Seed Morphology and Development

Seed Dormancy

Seed Germination

Seed Viability and Longevity


Basic Principles of Seed Production

Cereal Crops

Pulse Crops

Oilseed Crops

Vegetable Crops

Flowers and Ornamental Crops

Sugar and Fiber Crops

Grasses and Forage Legumes


Drying, Cleaning, and Upgrading

Seed Treatment

Seed Packaging and Handling

Seed Transportation and Storage

Seed Testing

Seed Marketing and Distribution

Seed Certification and Legislation


Seed-Production Industry


Synthetic Seed Biotechnology

Transgenic Seeds, Plants, and Crops

Loss Reduction Biotechnology of Seeds

World Food Security: Future Challenges

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General