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Recalcitrant Seeds: Causes and Effects

K Sivasubramaniam (Author) K Raja (Author) R Geetha (Author)
Recalcitrant (non-orthodox, homeohydrous) seeds are phenomenon into themselves. Several of the species from mesic forest and few from temperate highlands and wetlands show recalcitrant behaviour. It is a fact, that several of the horticultural fruits of economic importance are recalcitrant as well as a few oil bearing trees. Though orthodox behaviour promoted agrarian settlements, recalcitrant seeds were also used for their pulp bearing fruits, hence domesticated side by side along with agricultural crops. Research into recalcitrance had shown a behaviour ranging from complete orthodox, to some semblance of recalcitrant behaviour, to complete recalcitrancy, prompting the high priestess of recalcitrant phenomenon. Still in its infancy, research into recalcitrant behaviour is also a continuum. With several of plant species being lost to human related activities and several more as a consequence of global warming and climatic changes, it is high time, plant species especially in tropical rainforest were categorized for their recalcitrance behaviour and protocols evolved for their storage.
This book is a result of intense scrutiny into recalcitrant literature, thus may be exhaustive and useful to fellow scientists and teachers. The authors however would caution the reader, about the necessity to use this book as the first step into the world of recalcitrant phenomenon. It may serve as a beacon into future research and help them to appreciate the world of nature.
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About the author

K Sivasubramaniam

Dr. K. Sivasubramaniam, Associate Professor in Seed Science and Technology is an erstwhile alumni of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, coimbatore. He has involved in teaching and research for the past 17 years. He is responsible for developing UG/PG lessons for e-learning and at his credit are several research topics in electronic version for teaching Seed Science and Technology. He has vast experience in breeder seed production of cereals, pulses and oilseeds with several articles of research and popular nature. Now working at agricultural College and Research institute, Madurai. He is also the Co-Principal Investigator in the GOI sponsored Medicinal plant Scheme. His experience in seed production at the upper chain of generation system has helped him a lot in bringing out this book in an abridged form. He has also undergone training in preparation of self-help manuals in seed technology at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

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Title Recalcitrant Seeds: Causes and Effects
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2012
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9381226001, 9789381226001
length x+122p., Figures; Tables; References; 24cm.