Quality standards for seed germination: the use of nuclear DNA amounts to predict storage behaviour and germination rate

R.J. Bino, S.P.C. Groot, R.D. de Castro, Y. Liu

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    Abstract

    Production of high quality seed is the basis for a durable and profitable agriculture. After production, seed is processed, conditioned, stored, shipped and used throughout the world. Seed quality, as typified by general condition, purity and viability has to be controlled at all steps of the production chain until it is used for the next year' crop. Seed quality of many species is improved by preconditioning, cleaning and disinfection. Nevertheless, seed lots with a high germination capacity under laboratory conditions, may produce low amounts of normal seedlings under practical conditions. This difference causes financial losses through waste of plant material and inefficient use of facilities and labor. These losses are especially high in the labor- and cost-intensive cultivation of vegetables. New ways to control seed quality are therefore especially developed for the expensive vegetable seeds.
    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Pages (from-to)203-213
    JournalActa Horticulturae
    Volume467
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1998

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