By Stephen W. Adkins, Sarah Ashmore, S. Navre

Great growth has been made in seed technology in past times few years, emphasizing its very important function in advancing plant biotechnology, agriculture, plant source administration, and conservation. offering finished assurance of the most recent seed technology examine together with germination, dormancy, improvement, and desiccation tolerance, this booklet additionally info the main complicated tools and practices in seed biology, ecology and technology.

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Plant, Cell and Environment 25, 141–151. H. and Koornneef, M. (2001) Sequential steps for developmental arrest in Arabidopsis seeds. Development 128, 243–252. , Hirt, H. and Meskiene, I. (2004) Plant PP2C phosphatases: emerging functions in stress signalling. Trends in Plant Science 9, 236–243. , Hayashizaki, Y. and Shinozaki, K. (2002) Monitoring the expression profiles of 7000 Arabidopsis genes under drought, cold and high-salinity stresses using a full-length cDNA microarray. The Plant Journal 31, 279–292.

Wheeler, L. C. (2004) Longevity of cryogenically stored seeds. Cryobiology 48, 229–244. M. M. (2005a) Dying while dry: kinetics and mechanisms of deterioration in desiccated organisms. Integrative and Comparative Biology 45, 751–758. M. and Grotenhuis, J. (2005b) Longevity of seeds stored in a genebank: species characteristics. Seed Science Research 15, 1–20. , Kolberg, H. W. (2004) Responses to various manipulations, and storage potential, of seeds of the unique desert gymnosperm, Welwitschia mirabilis Hook.

Hence the terms anhydrobiotic and anhydrobiosis are avoided by the present authors. In macromolecules, water may be considered a structural component, the complete removal of which would probably result in conformational changes (Billi and Potts, 2002). , 2005a). However, the absence or presence, and degree of expression and interaction, of those traits present, must account for differences in response to dehydration among highly desiccation-tolerant, less tolerant and ©CAB International 2007. Seeds: Biology, Development and Ecology (eds S.

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