Course: Propagation of Field Crops

Panayiota Papastylianou

Seed biology

Seed development on the mother plant. Environmental effects on seed development and quality. Seed dormancy (types of dormancy, growth regulator effects, seasonal and environmentally-induced dormancy, seed dormancy breaking methods). Seed vigour and storage effects (influence of endogenous factors on seed viability and vigour, evaluation of seedling vigour). Seed germination (germination process, soil environment and germination, seed treatments and priming).

Seed technology

Planning of seed production and harvesting. Seed drying and treatments. Storage and packing. Seed quality assessment.

Seed marketing

Offer and demand. Certification and specifications. Market organizations and networks (promotion, development etc.). Policy measures and services. Greek and international legislation.