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Advances in Seed Science and Technology, (Volume I): Recent Trends in Seed Technology and Management

K Vanangamudi (Editor) N. Natarajan (Editor) K. Natarajan (Editor) A. Bharathi (Editor) R. Umarani (Editor) T. Saravanan (Editor)
Recent past a very good amount of research in the field of seed science and technology is being undertaken across the country. Seed research includes seed biology, seed management, seed quality enhancement, production and maintenance of basic seed material, seed production and agronomy, pre-harvest and  post-harvest management of seed, seed processing, seed quality control, storage of both orthodox and recalcitrant seeds, seed health, seed industry and marketing. All the said disciplines work together as a team on interdisciplinary mode for the production and supply of quality seed to the endusers, who are the farmers, in a right place and time, in order to achieve a bumper harvest. The use of good quality seed not only maintains sufficient and required population stand and uniform maturity, but also maximizes the yield by 15-20 per cent. In this context, the importance of seed is very much felt. It is long felt need to compile all the published literatures that have been documented from the intensive seed research that is going on for the past 25 years in SAU's and research institutes of ICAR and present them comprehensively in a serious of volume of the book titled "Advances in Seed Science and Technology" and this book is the result of that which targets advanced UG and PG students and plant scientists who possess interests and curiosity to know about the advances in seed science and technology. The subject matter covered is rather wide and has been categorized into eleven major areas. The first part deals with seed industry, which covers history of seed industry in India, relevance to global market and new avenues in seed industry. The second part deals with physiology and biochemistry of seed dormancy and seed germination. Chapters on genetically modified seeds have been included in third part in order to explain the recent biotechnological techniques used in seed science and technology to the reader. The fourth part contains chapters on seed quality enhancement like, seed fortification, infusion, osmopriming, hardening, pelleting, coating, colouring, etc. In order to make available quality seed to farmers, it is important to know about various techniques followed in quality seed production and the same is given in the fifth part. A quality seed should be both physically and genetically pure. Ways and means to maintain seed quality and purity are given in seventh part. All the efforts generated to produce quality seeds should reach a climax in obtaining high vigour seedlings, for which seed handling techniques are imperative. Therefore, eighth to tenth parts of this book have been allocated to describe the methodologies and precautions to be followed during seed storage and processing. All the efforts taken by the seed producers to produce quality seed in all aspects will be credited only if it is sold out for a good price. The eleventh part of this book describes the seed marketing policies. The twelfth part contains assorted chapters, which are related to seed science and technology.Thus all the aspects of the recent trends in seed science and technology have been dealt in this book within a logical sequences and appropriate manner.
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About the authors

K Vanangamudi

He is the Professor and Head of Department of Seed Science and Technology, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore. His experience in teaching research and extension is over 21 years. He has guided 10 M.Sc. (Ag.) and 17 Ph.D. students. He is a recognized guide of Bharathlar University, Coimbatore. He has undergone one year training in Tree Seed Technology at Mississippi State University, USA. He has published 278 research schemes as Principal Investigator funded by various National agencies. In recognition of his outstanding contribution, he has been awarded with 'Best Post-graduate Teacher Award' in 1998. 'Best Scientist Award in Agro-Forestry' in 1999 and 'Madras Agricultural Students in Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, Gandhi Gram Rural Instt., Deemed University. He is also consultant to Kerala Forestry Project. He has traveled to several countries in connection with Forestry research and education viz., USA, Japan and Canada.

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N. Natarajan

Dr. N. Natarajan, Professor of Seed Science and Technology working as Deputy Director of Research in the Directorate of Research, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, coimbatore. He has 20 years of experience in the field of teaching, research and extension service. He has published 2 books, 35 research papers in International and National Journals and 20 popular articles both in Tamil and English. He has also presented papers in National and International Conferences and Seminars.

K. Natarajan

Dr. K. Natarajan, Assistant Professor of Seed Science and Technology, Adhiparasakthi Agricultural College, Kalavai, Vellore District, Tamil Nadu, India. He has published 9 research papears, 9 popular articles in International and National Journals. He has also presented 43 research papers in National Seminars and Conferences. He has specialized in flower seed production areas.

A. Bharathi

Dr. A. Bharathi, Associate Professor of Seed Science and Technology, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore. He has 10 years of experience in research, teaching and extension. He has published 2 books, 16 research in National and International Journals and 25 popular articles. He has also presented many research papears in National and International Seminars and Conferences.

R. Umarani

The author is an Assistant professor in Seed Science and Technology at Department of Seed Science and Technology. Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore. She is the recipient of Prize for Best M.Sc. (Ag) student in Seed Technology. She is involved in teaching Seed Science and Technology courses for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students for the past five years. She indulged in tree seed technological research papers, one review article and 20 popular articles in National and International journals. She has presented many research papers in National and International seminars and conferences. Three books and one chapter of another book are already in her credit.

T. Saravanan

Dr. T. Saravanan born at T. Mettupatty, Thevaram, P.O. Theni Dt., (Tamil Nadu), completed his (Hr. Sec) at St. Aloysius. Hr. Sec. School, Royappanpatti. During the period he won the school Ist Prize in Botony. He completed his B.Sc. Degree (Chemistry) at Madurai Kamaraj University and obtained B.Ed., M.L.I.S., DCPA., Ph.D. from Annamalai University. He won the University II Rank in MLIS. He worked as a Librarian in Thiruthangal Nadar College of Arts and Science. Chennail for 6 years. Since 2002, he has been in service as Lecturer in Library and information Science, Annamalai University. He contributed many articles at national/ international level. He organized various workshop on Library Automation for Tamil Nadu District Public Librarians and DLIS Students of Annamalai University.

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Bibliographic information

Title Advances in Seed Science and Technology, (Volume I): Recent Trends in Seed Technology and Management
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2008
Edition Reprint.
Publisher Agrobios (India)
Language: English
isbn 8177542583
length xxiv+ 895p., Tables.