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Seed Biology and Yield of Grain Crops
By: Dennis Egli, Department of Agronomy, University of Kentucky, USA
February 2017 | Hardback | 232 Pages | 9781780647708
February 2017 | ePDF 9781780647715 | ePub 9781780647722
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DescriptionThis new edition of an established title examines the determination of grain crop yield from a unique perspective, by concentrating on the influence of the seed itself. As the food supply for an expanding world population is based on grain crops harvested for their seeds, understanding the process of seed growth and its regulation is crucial to our efforts to increase production and meet the needs of that population. Yield of grain crops is determined by their assimilatory processes such as photosynthesis and the biosynthetic processes in the seed, which are partly regulated within the seed itself. Providing a timely update in this field and highlighting the impact of the seed on grain crop yields, this book:
· Describes all aspects of seed growth and development, including environmental and genetic effects on growth rate and length of the filling period.
· Discusses the role of the seed in determining the two main yield components: individual seed weight and number of seeds per unit area.
· Uses the concepts and models that have been developed to understand crop management and yield improvement.
Substantially updated with new research and further developments of the practical applications of the concepts explored, this book is essential reading for those concerned with seed science and crop yield, including agronomists, crop physiologists, plant breeders, and extension workers. It is also a valuable source of information for lecturers and graduate students of agronomy and plant physiology.
Table of contents
- Chapter 1: Introduction
- Chapter 2: Seed Growth and Development
- Chapter 3: Seed Growth Rate and Seed-Fill Duration: Variation and Regulation.
- Chapter 4: Yield Components-Regulation by the Seed
- Chapter 5: The Seed, Crop Management, and Yield
- Chapter 6: The Way Forward
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I hold degrees from Pennsylvania State University (B.S. in Agronomy, 1965) and the University of Illinois [M.S. (1967) and Ph.D. (1969) in Crop Physiology]. I was employed by the University of Kentucky as a Crop Physiologist in the Plant and Soil Sciences (formerly Agronomy) Department from 1969 until I retired in 2018. I currently hold the rank of Professor Emeritus. I taught graduate courses in Crop Ecology and Principles of Yield Physiology, directed graduate students and did research in Crop Physiology and Seed Science (germination and vigor of planting seed). My research in Crop Physiology focused on understanding important physiological process [including seed growth, determination of seed number (sink size) and seed fill duration] involved in the production of yield by grain crops. Seed Science research emphasized the measurement of seed quality, the effect of the production environment on seed quality and the relationship between seed quality and field performance (seedling emergence and yield). I served as an Associate Editor for two journals (Agronomy Journal and Crop Science) and as a Technical Editor for Crop Science. Awards and honors include T.P. Cooper Research Award (1981) and the University of Kentucky Foundation Research Award (1981) from the University of Kentucky and the Seed Science (1996) and Crop Science (2006) Research awards from the Crop Science Society of America. I am a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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