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The physiology of vegetable crops.

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This book on the physiology of vegetable crops focuses on the activities and functions of vegetables, defined as herbaceous plants that are harvested for edible parts that can be consumed fresh or with little preparation. Physiology deals with the growth and development processes of these plants, and while this book is focused primarily on the organ and whole-plant level, brief mention of cellular...

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Chapter 1 (Page no: 1)

Seed storage, germination, quality, and enhancements.

To fully comprehend the complexities of vegetable crop growth and development, we must understand seed physiology related to storage, germination, quality, and enhancements. The challenge is to present an in-depth knowledge of vegetable seeds that covers considerable diversity with respect to botanical classification, seed size, and composition. This chapter encompasses 33 common vegetable crop seeds from ten plant families (Alliaceae, Liliaceae, Poaceae, Apiaceae, Asteraceae, Brassicaceae, Chenopodiaceae, Cucurbitaceae, Fabaceae and Solanaceae). This diverse group of plants makes a comprehensive overview of vegetable seeds difficult to achieve, especially since there is little scientific literature on seed physiology of many small-seeded crops of minor economic importance. Due to these limitations, several approaches are listed to develop a coherent picture of vegetable seeds. Relative differences between seeds are shown with regard to seed size and composition, storage longevity, seed and seedling morphology, temperature requirements for germination, and the use of reserve materials during emergence. More generalized information is presented on factors and events associated with storage, germination, and aging. Finally, the process of aging and other aspects of seed physiology and technology are illustrated using specific crop examples.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 2 (Page no: 31) Transplanting. Author(s): Leskovar, D. I.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 61) Regulation of flowering in crop plants. Author(s): Wigge, P. A. Jaeger KatjaE.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 71) Abiotic stress effects on vegetable crops. Author(s): Wien, H. C.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 94) Models of vegetable growth and development. Author(s): Stützel, H. Chen T. W.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 117) Correlative growth in vegetable plants. Author(s): Wien, H. C.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 138) Tomato. Author(s): Heuvelink, E. Okello, R. C. O. Peet, M. Giovannoni, J. J. Dorais, M.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 179) Peppers. Author(s): Yasuor, H. Wien, H. C.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 209) Potato. Author(s): Rosen, C. J. Gupta, S. K. Souza, E. F. C.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 244) The cucurbits. Author(s): Chen, T. W. Stützel, H. Wien, H. C.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 271) Phaseolus beans. Author(s): Rao, I. M.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 287) Peas. Author(s): Davies, P. J. Muehlbauer, F. J.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 317) Sweet corn. Author(s): Tracy, W. F. Shuler, S. Dodson-Swenson, H.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 333) Lettuce. Author(s): Wien, H. C.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 357) Cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts. Author(s): Wien, H. C. Stützel, H.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 389) Glucosinolates in Brassica. Author(s): Neugart, S. Hanschen, F. S. Schreiner, M.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 399) The root vegetables: beet, carrot, parsnip, and turnip. Author(s): Goldman, I. L.
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 421) Allium crops. Author(s): Rabinowitch, H. D. Goldstein, R. K.
Chapter: 19 (Page no: 457) Asparagus. Author(s): Drost, D. T.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • School of Integrative Plant Science, Horticulture Unit, Cornell AgriTech, Cornell University, Geneva, NY 14456, USA.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2020
  • ISBN
  • 9781786393777
  • Record Number
  • 20203203587