Flower Seeds

Biology and Technology

December 2004
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  • Published
    20th December 2004
  • ISBN 9780851999067
  • Language English
  • Pages 400 pp.
  • Size 6.875" x 9.75"

The floral industry represents a significant proportion of agricultural income in several developed countries, particularly the USA, the Netherlands and Japan. Hitherto, the sheer diversity of flower seeds, in their form, function and biology, has hindered the production of a comprehensive treatment of the topic.

This book provides a unique and much-needed resource of information on the biology and technology of flower seeds. It presents in-depth information on the history and evolution of the ornamental and wild flower seed industries followed by recommendations for successful breed and production programs. A comprehensive coverage of the biology of flower seeds is considered as well as appropriate technologies associated with germination, vigor and viability testing. In this volume, the first of its kind, international authorities from academia and industry have been brought together to provide a comprehensive reference resource for both practitioners and students of seed science and technology and of ornamental horticulture.

* Introduction to Flower Seeds and the Flower Seed Industry
* History of the Flower Seed Industry
* Ornamental Bedding Plant Industry and Plug Production
* The Uses and Potential of Wildflower Seed in Landscaping
* Breeding Flower Seed Crops
* Factors Affecting Flowering in Ornamental Plants
* Seed Development and Structure in Floral Crops
* Flower Seed Physiology and Plug Production
* Seed Dormancy in Wild Flowers
* Flower Seed Longevity and Deterioration
* Flower Seed Production
* Flower Seed Cleaning and Grading
* Flower Seed Priming, Pregermination, Pelleting and Coating
* Laboratory Germination Testing of Flower Seed
* Tetrazolium Testing for Flower Seeds
* Vigor Testing in Flower Seeds
* Conserving Herbaceous Ornamental Plant Germplasm
* Conclusions

Miller B McDonald

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Francis Y Kwong

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