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Principles of Postharvest Seed Physiology and Technology

R.K. Maiti (Author) N.C. Sarkar (Author) Ved Pal Singh (Author)
Synopsis One of the most important necessities in the economic development of a country is sufficient agricultural production for an adequate food of the populations. For this, it is necessary not only the application of appropriate agricultural practices for the production of these food resources but also it s adequate management during the recollection, storage and its transport to the centres of consumption, where we should offer food products which maintain a great nutritive quality, good conservation and an attractive visual appearance. These aspects should be well managed by the specialists in food science. The productivity of the crops depends greatly on the knowledge about their physiological and biochemical characteristics which determine the adequate moment of the harvest for the high yield and good quality, as well as those which are indicators for the determination of the conditions of an adequate storage. The productivity and quality of the food and vegetables are largely influenced by the pre-and post-harvest physiology, the environmental conditions and biotic factors prevailing during the growing conditions, management practices and postharvest treatment and storage conditions of the food products. The present book contains a general revision and recent advances on the basic knowledge of the physiology of pre-and post-harvest intended for the students in the bachelor and postgraduate level, researchers and for whatever persons related with the production, management and storage of fruits, seeds and vegetables so that the application of this knowledge may give greater yield and the quality of those crops.
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About the authors

R.K. Maiti

Dr. Ratikanta Maiti is a renowned Botanist of international repute with specialisation n Crop Physiology. He obtained Ph.D and D.Sc in Botany from Calcutta University, India. he worked for 9 years as a Senior Botanist in Jute Agricultural Research Institute, Barrackpore (I.C.A.R.), Calcutta. Then he worked for 10 years as a Senior Plant Physiologist in International Crop Research Institute for Semi-arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru, India. Then he worked as Professor and Research Scientist in two universities in Mexico for 10 years. He enjoyed Mexican Govt. sponsored Senior National Research Scientist for continuous 18 years. At present, he is an Honorary Consultant (seeds) in Vibha Agrotech Ltd., Hyderabad, India and working on different aspects of physiology of various crops mainly pearl millet, maize, sunflower, cotton, paddy, etc. He won several international awards such as International Scientist Award offered by IBC, Cambridge and Ethnobotanist Award-2003 sponsored by Friends University, U.S.A. and U.N.D.P. He has published over 350 research papers in more than 40 national and international scientific juornals. Also, Dr. Maiti has published more than 20 books namely Advances in Potato Science by Gaurav Society of ARIC, Hisar, India and Sorghum Science, Bean Science, Pearly Millet Science, Peanut Crop, Advances in Chickpea Science, World Fibre Crops by Oxford & IBH Book company, New Delhi and Science Publisher, U.S.A.

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N.C. Sarkar

Dr. N.C. Sarkar (b. 1976) has completed his B.Sc. (Ag.) Hons from Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya (BCKV), Mohanpur, West Bengal and M.Sc. (Ag) in Agronomy from G.B. Pant Univearsity of Agri. & Tech., Pantnagar, Uttaranchal. Then he did his Ph.D. from division of Agronomy, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), India's premier agriculture Institution, New Delhi. The Author was the recipient of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) during Masters and institutional Senior Fellowship during Doctorate programme. His specialization of research includes weed science, fertilizer management and Greenhouse gasses. He has research publications both in International and National Journals; also credits of articles on renounced Indian publications viz. Employment News, Science Reporter, Intensive Agriculture. He has participated and presented research papers in National and International symposia, conferences. he is member of Indian Society of Agronomy, Indian Society of Agricultural Sciences.

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Ved Pal Singh

Dr. Ved Pal Singh is an Agronomist of international repute with specialization in crop production and irrigation management. Dr. Singh has obtained his Ph.D. degree in Agronomy during 1980 from Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCS HAU), Hisar. He has worked as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor of Agronomy for about 9 and 8 years, respectively. Since 1996, Dr. Singh is working as Professor of Agronomy at CCS HAU, Hisar and teaching courses in crop production, soil-plant water relations, mineral nutrition of plants, irrigation management, etc. Dr. Singh has also worked for one year (August 2003-August 2004) as Visiting Professor of Plant Biology at the University of the Americas, Puebla, Mexico. He has guided 10 M.Sc. and 4 Ph.D. students for their thesis research. Dr. Singh has received several awards for significant contributions in Agronomy teaching and research namely, Best Teacher Award-2001-02 (ICAR Sponsored) of CCS HAU, Hisar; Rashtriya Vikas Jyoti Award-2000 of All India Business Development Associaiton, New Delhi and Agriculture Young Scientist Award 1995 of the Gaurav Society of Aric, Hisar. His writings include over 100 research papers published in national and international journals of repute. Also, he has published about 20 book chapters and 18 review articles and 9 books. Dr. Singh is Editor-in-Chief of two international journals namely, 'Crop Research' and 'Research on Crops" published by the Gaurav Society of ARIC, Hisar. He is also working as 'Regional Editor' of two international journals: 'Asian Journal of Plant Science' published by the ANSInet, Faisalabad, Pakistan and 'Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment' published by the International Society of Food, Agriculture and Environment, Helsinki, Finland, Dr. Singh has also served as Joint Secretary and Vice President of Indian Society of Agronomy, New Delhi. He is life member of several professional societies. Dr. Singh has traveled widely in USA, UK, Germany, France, China and Nepal for academic pursuits.

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A Reviewer - A wholesome package of best agricultural practices Jan, 01, 1970

This book provides in depth knowledge of the best agricultural practices which can be thought of.It is imparting the thorough information on advance practices to increase yield and quality of crops.I think this book is must read for all the people involved in this field whether as a research scientist or teacher or student or a person who wants to grab the latest developments in agariculture.

Bibliographic information

Title Principles of Postharvest Seed Physiology and Technology
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Agrobios (India)
Language: English
isbn 8177542613
length xxi+450p., Tables; Figures; Index; 25cm.