This text is intended for plant physiologists, molecular biologists, biochemists, biotechnologists, geneticists, horticulturalists, agromnomists and botanists, and upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in these disciplines. It integrates advances in the diverse and rapidly-expanding field of seed science, from ecological and demographic aspects of seed production, dispersal and germination, to the molecular biology of seed development. The book offers a broad, multidisciplinary approach that covers both theoretical and applied knowledge.

chapter 1|24 pages

The Seed: Structure and Function

ByF. Dieter Boesewinkel, Ferry Bouman

chapter 3|28 pages

Cereal Seed Storage Proteins

ByPeter R. Shewry

chapter 4|30 pages

Legume Storage Proteins

ByAlessandro Vitale, Roberto Bollini

chapter 5|36 pages

Regulation of Seed Storage Protein Gene Expression

ByRoger L. Morton, Diana Quiggin, T. J. V. Higgins

chapter 6|30 pages

Starch Synthesis in Seeds

ByMirta N. Sivak, Jack Preiss

chapter 7|25 pages

Lipid Biosynthesis in Developing Seeds

ByMiquel Martine, John Browse

chapter 8|20 pages

Cell and Molecular Biology of Seed Oil Bodies

ByEliot M. Herman

chapter 9|21 pages

Mechanisms and Regulation of Mineral Nutrient Storage During Seed Development

ByJohn N. A. Lott, John S. Greenwood, Graeme D. Batten

chapter 10|35 pages

Acquisition and Loss of Desiccation Tolerance

ByChristina W. Vertucci, Jill M. Farrant

chapter 13|46 pages

Water Relations in Seed Germination

ByKent J. Bradford

chapter 14|28 pages

Control of Seed Germination and Dormancy by the Gaseous Environment

ByFrançoise Corbineau, Daniel Côme

chapter 15|21 pages

Intracellular Transport and Secretion of Seed Proteins

ByRussell L. Jones

chapter 16|28 pages

Carbohydrate Degradation During Germination

ByPaul Ziegler

chapter 17|16 pages

Pollinators and Seed Production

ByGlenda Vaughton, Mike Ramsey

chapter 18|15 pages

Environmental Maternal Effects on Seed Quality and Germination

ByRenata D. Wulff

chapter 19|22 pages

Ecology of Seed Banks

ByMichael Fenner

chapter 20|15 pages

Seed Germination in Soil: Dormancy Cycles

ByGrant H. Egley

chapter 21|22 pages

Modeling Weed Seed Germination

ByRoberto L. Benech-Arnold, Rodolfo A. Sánchez

chapter 22|31 pages

Germination of Weedy Root Parasites

ByDaniel M. Joel, John C. Steffens, David E. Matthews

chapter 23|30 pages

Seed Germination and Seed-Bank Ecology in Halophytes

ByIrwin A. Ungar

chapter 24|16 pages

Allelopathy, Autotoxicity, and Germination

ByJacob Friedman

chapter 25|55 pages

Seed Germination in Arid and Semiarid Regions

ByJaime Kigel

chapter 27|20 pages

The Implications of Seed-Associated Mycoflora During Storage

ByDavid J. Mycock, Patricia Berjak

chapter 28|23 pages

Biochemical Processes During the Osmopriming of Seeds

ByClifford M. Bray

chapter 29|20 pages

Improving Protein Quality in Seeds

ByJeffrey E. Habben, Brian A. Larkins

chapter 30|21 pages

Synthesis and Accumulation of the Essential Amino Acids Lysine and Threonine in Seeds

ByGad Galili, Orit Shaul, Hagai Karchi, Avihai Perl