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Seed Testing
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An essential reference for students, seed technologists, researchers, and seed industry personnel, this comprehensive guide outlines the most widely performed modern seed quality tests, explores the principles behind them, the history of seed testing, why seeds are tested and when, and sampling, sub-sampling, seed laboratory management, accreditation, and seed quality assurance programs. The authors describe statistical applications to seed testing and tolerances, and they provide a detailed morphological and structural description of seed formation and development. The book examines the testing of genetic traits and transgenic seeds, including DNA and protein genetic purity tests, and cultivar purity identification for conventional seeds. In addition to the most common seed purity and viability tests, tests for seed and seedling vigor, seed-borne diseases and seed moisture determination are also discussed.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. c-c
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Chapter 1. Why Seeds are Tested, and When
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Chapter 2. Seeds and Seedlings
  2. pp. 11-32
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  1. Chapter 3. Sampling and Subsampling
  2. pp. 33-42
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  1. Chapter 4. Testing for Physical Purity
  2. pp. 43-58
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  1. Chapter 5. Germination and Viability Testing
  2. pp. 59-82
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  1. Chapter 6. Seedling Evaluation
  2. pp. 83-116
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  1. Chapter 7. Tetrazolium Testing
  2. pp. 117-154
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  1. Chapter 8. Seed and Seedling Vigor Testing
  2. pp. 155-192
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  1. Chapter 9. Genetic and Varietal Purity Testing
  2. pp. 193-236
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  1. Chapter 10. Seed Health Testing
  2. pp. 237-256
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  1. Chapter 11. Seed Moisture Content Testing
  2. pp. 257-270
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  1. Chapter 12. Seed Laboratory Management, Accreditation, and Quality Assurance
  2. pp. 271-292
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  1. Chapter 13. Statistical Applications to Seed Testing
  2. pp. 293-338
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 339-350
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 351-354
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. bc-bc
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