The Book of Seeds

A lifesize guide to six hundred species from around the world

Author: Paul Smith

Publisher: Ivy Press

ISBN: 1782406816

Category: Nature

Page: 656

View: 6025


"These seeds will captivate you whether you're a gardener or not." - The Washington Post "A sumptuous guide to 600 of the world’s weirdest and most beautiful species, from the black seed with hair like Donald Trump to pinhead-sized orchid seeds." - The Guardian "The book drives home the incredible botanical wealth that is found on our precious blue planet." - The English Garden True time capsules of life, seeds are significant items of hope and promise. They are the most complex organs plants ever produce, and come in an enormously diverse range of shapes, sizes, and colours; from the impressive coco de mer nut to the microscopic seeds of an orchid, to the extraordinary cobalt blue of the traveller’s palm pit. Seeds are often overshadowed by the adult plant’s size and show. Here, 600 seeds are spotlit, each given equal attention, each shown as glorious photographs, life size and in detail, alongside an engraving of the parent plant. Every profile includes a population distribution map, a table of essential information, and a commentary revealing notable characteristics, related species, and a diagnosis of the specimen’s importance in terms of taxonomy, rarity, dispersal method, and scientific significance. Arranged taxonomically, this essential reference reveals the variety and importance of seeds to an extent never seen before.


Zeitkapseln des Lebens

Author: Rob Kesseler,Wolfgang Stuppy

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783768819503


Page: 264

View: 8323


Seed Development and Germination

Author: Jaime Kigel

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9780824792299

Category: Science

Page: 872

View: 422


This text is intended for plant physiologists, molecular biologists, biochemists, biotechnologists, geneticists, horticulturalists, agromnomists and botanists, and upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in these disciplines. It integrates advances in the diverse and rapidly-expanding field of seed science, from ecological and demographic aspects of seed production, dispersal and germination, to the molecular biology of seed development. The book offers a broad, multidisciplinary approach that covers both theoretical and applied knowledge.

Handbook of Seed Science and Technology

Author: Amarjit Basra

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781560223153

Category: Science

Page: 795

View: 7432


A reference text with the latest information and research for educators, students, and researchers! World hunger and malnutrition remain an alarming concern that spurs researchers to develop quality technology. The Handbook of Seed Science and Technology is an extensive reference text for educators, students, practitioners, and researchers that focuses on the underlying mechanisms of seed biology and the impact of powerful biotechnological approaches on world hunger, malnutrition, and consumer preferences. This comprehensive guide provides the latest available research from noted experts pointing out the likely directions of future developments as it presents a wealth of seed biology and technological information. Seed science is the all-important foundation of plant science study. The Handbook of Seed Science and Technology provides an integrative perspective that takes you through the fundamentals to the latest applications of seed science and technology. This resource provides a complete overview, divided into four sections: Seed Developmental Biology and Biotechnology; Seed Dormancy and Germination; Seed Ecology; and Seed Technology. The Handbook of Seed Science and Technology examines: the molecular control of ovule development female gametophyte development cytokinins and seed development grain number determination in major grain crops metabolic engineering of carbohydrate supply in plant reproductive development enhancing the nutritive value of seeds by genetic engineering the process of accumulation of seed proteins and using biotechnology to improve crops synthetic seeds dormancy and germination hormonal interactions during dormancy release and germination photoregulation of seed germination seed size seed predation natural defense mechanisms in seeds seed protease inhibitors soil seed banks the ecophysiological basis of weed seed longevity in the soil seed quality testing seed vigor and its assessment diagnosis of seed-borne pathogens seed quality in vegetable crops vegetable hybrid seed production practical hydration of seeds of tropical crops seed technology in plant germplasm The Handbook of Seed Science and Technology is extensively referenced and packed with tables and diagrams, and makes an essential source for students, educators, researchers, and practitioners in seed science and technology.

Seeds, 3rd Edition

The Ecology of Regeneration in Plant Communities

Author: Robert S Gallagher

Publisher: CABI

ISBN: 1780641834

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 320

View: 3632


The 3rd edition of Seeds: The Ecology of Regeneration in Plant Communities highlights the many advances in the field of seed ecology and its relationship to plant community dynamics that have taken place in recent years. The new edition also features chapters on seed development and morphology, seed chemical ecology, implications of climate change on regeneration by seed, and the functional role of seed banks in agricultural and natural ecosystems. The book is aimed at advanced level students and researchers in the fields of seed science, seed ecology and plant ecology.

Ball Culture Guide

The Encyclopedia of Seed Germination

Author: Jim Nau

Publisher: Ball Publishing

ISBN: 9781883052195

Category: Gardening

Page: 243

View: 2088


This guide gives you specific germination, scheduling, and growing recommendations for over 300 of the most popular seed-grown crops. This 3rd edition has undergone a number of changes to enhance its value to professional floriculture growers. The book has nearly doubled in size and now provides in-depth germination and scheduling information for over 300 of the most popular seed-grown crops. The book covers: bedding plants, potted flowering and foliage plants, herbs, cut flowers, perennials and ornamental grasses. Written in an easy-to-read chart style, the guide lists production temperatures, transplanting schedules, lighting requirements and much more.

Seeds for the Soul

Living as the Source of who You are

Author: Chuck Hillig

Publisher: Sentient Publications

ISBN: 1591810620

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 270

View: 4045


Of the thousands of books in the modern spiritual marketplace, few state their message both simply and profoundly. "Seeds for the Soul" is one. Combining the wisdom of eastern philosophy with the principles of western psychology, Chuck Hillig presents a readable and compelling worldview that speaks directly to the reader's mind, heart, and soul. He points the way to true happiness for those who have struggled to find peace of mind and suggests that surrendering our idea of control over life is the path to fulfilment. Like a good friend cutting through the confusion, Chuck Hillig takes you by the hand and leads you to where you can look reality squarely in the face. His words will quietly reverberate in the very depths of your consciousness, and whether they act as gentle reminders or loud alarm clocks, they will lovingly direct you to the only person who holds your truth: you. "Seeds for the Soul" is a unique and fascinating gift to the reader that invites you to revisit its enlightening pages again and again to discover its multi-layered treasures.

The Ecology of Seeds

Author: Michael Fenner,Ken Thompson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521653688

Category: Science

Page: 250

View: 5775


What determines the number and size of the seeds produced by a plant? How often should it reproduce them? Why and how are seeds dispersed, and what are the implications for the diversity and composition of vegetation? These are just some of the questions tackled in this wide-ranging review of the role of seeds in the ecology of plants. The text encompasses a wide range of concepts of general relevance to plant ecology, reflecting the central role that the study of seed ecology has played in elucidating many fundamental aspects of plant community function.

The Germination of Seeds

Author: A. M. Mayer,A. Poljakoff-Mayber

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 1483138046

Category: Science

Page: 224

View: 8969


The Germination of Seeds, Third Edition discusses topics concerning seed germination. The book is comprised of seven chapters that tackle subjects relating to the field of germination. Chapter 1 discusses the structure of seeds and seedlings, while Chapter 2 covers the chemical composition of seeds. Chapter 3 tackles the factors affecting germination, and Chapter 4 deals with dormancy, germination inhibition, and stimulation. Chapter 5 talks about the metabolism of germinating seeds, and Chapter 6 discusses the effect of germination inhibitors and stimulators on metabolism and their possible regulatory role. Chapter 7 covers the ecology of germination. The book will be of great interest to botanists, who are particularly concerned with plant physiology.

Insects, and Seed Collection, Storage, Testing, and Certification

Author: T.T. Kozlowski

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 0323150446

Category: Science

Page: 434

View: 1363


Seed Biology: Insects, and Seed Collection, Storage, Testing, and Certification, Volume III brings together a large body of important information on seed biology. The book describes seed collection, identification, storage, testing, and certification. It also considers insects that directly affect seeds, seed-producing organs, or seed-bearing structures of plants. Organized into six chapters, this volume begins by outlining man’s dependency on seeds as source of food, fiber, spices, beverages, oils, vitamins, and drugs. Harmful effects of seeds are also mentioned. Separate chapters focus on seed development, dissemination, germination (including metabolism, environmental control, internal control, dormancy, and seed and seedling vigor), protection from diseases and insects, longevity, and deterioration. The book concludes with a discussion on the certification of field and tree seeds, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development certification schemes, and trends in seed certification. This book is a valuable source of information for seed producers and users as well as various groups of research biologists and teachers, including agronomists, plant anatomists, biochemists, ecologists, entomologists, foresters, horticulturists, plant pathologists, and plant physiologists.

New Seeds of Contemplation

Author: Thomas Merton

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1590300491

Category: Religion

Page: 303

View: 6686


In print for more than forty years, New Seeds of Contemplation has served as a guide to the contemplative life for several generations of spiritual seekers. The word contemplation is itself somewhat problematical, according to Thomas Merton: "It can become almost a magic word, or if not magic, then 'inspirational,' which is almost as bad." In this modern Christian classic, Merton reveals contemplation to be nothing other than "life itself, fully awake, fully active, fully aware that it is alive." The thirty-nine short "seeds" that make up this book are intended to awaken and cultivate the contemplative, mystical dimension of the spiritual path for everyone. New Seeds of Contemplation is a revised and expanded version of Merton's earlier book Seeds of Contemplation.

Seed Biology

Advances and Applications : Proceedings of the Sixth International Workshop on Seeds, Mérida, México, 1999

Author: Michael Black,K. J. Bradford,Jorge Vázquez-Ramos

Publisher: CABI

ISBN: 9780851999180

Category: Plants

Page: 508

View: 5816


Substantial progress has been made in seed science during the past few years, emphasizing the important role seed biology plays in advancing plant biotechnology, agriculture and plant resource management and conservation. This book describes the status of seed research and technology.


The Ecology of Regeneration in Plant Communities

Author: Michael Fenner

Publisher: CABI

ISBN: 9780851999470

Category: Science

Page: 410

View: 1533


This new edition of a successful text, originally published in 1992, has been thoroughly revised and updated to include recent advances. In addition, new chapters have been introduced to ensure comprehensive coverage of all aspects of seed ecology. These include evolutionary ecology of seedsize, the roles of fire and of gaps in regeneration and seedling colonization. Chapters are written by internationally acknowledged experts to give a comprehensive overview of all aspects of seed ecology which will be invaluable to advanced students and researchers in seed science and plantecology.

Plant Packages

A Book about Seeds

Author: Susan Blackaby,Charlene Delage

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 9781404803848

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 24

View: 5408


Explains how we get seeds, the different types of seeds, and the benefits of seeds.

The Encyclopedia of Seeds

Science, Technology and Uses

Author: J. Derek Bewley,Michael Black,Peter Halmer

Publisher: CABI

ISBN: 0851997236

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 828

View: 4100


This is the first scholarly reference work to cover all the major scientific themes and facets of the subject of seeds. It outlines the latest fundamental biological knowledge about seeds, together with the principles of agricultural seed processing, storage and sowing, the food and industrial uses of seeds, and the roles of seeds in history, economies and cultures. With contributions from 110 expert authors worldwide, the editors have created 560 authoritative articles, illustrated with plentiful tables, figures, black-and-white and color photographs, suggested further reading matter and 670 supplementary definitions. The contents are alphabetically arranged and cross-referenced to connect related entries.

Seeds of Remembrance

A Book of Poetry

Author: Adria Husband

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 059529085X

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 72

View: 8194


In life no one's journey is the same. We all face our individual challenges. Our journey as women is unique. Each encounter we have, every experience we go through, shapes us in some way. Some events occur and barely cause a ripple in our lives, while others send shockwaves throughout our entire being. No matter the magnitude of these events, they are all our teachers. In love we learn the greatest lessons. We discover our desires, our limitations, the intensity of our feelings, the passion in our hearts, and the strength of our spirits that allow us to persevere. It is believed that pain is a process that forces change. This is a book of change. These are poems of those events that as time passes, never fade from memory. They become the seeds of change that transform us into the individuals we are today. These are poems of a woman's journey, the seeds of where she is from.

Atlas of Seeds and Fruits of Central and East-European Flora

The Carpathian Mountains Region

Author: Vít Bojnanský,Agáta Fargašová

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1402053622

Category: Science

Page: 1046

View: 7524


The Atlas of Seeds and Fruits of Central and East-European Flora presents nearly 4,800 seed illustrations, supplemented with detailed seed descriptions, brief plant descriptions, and information on the locality and the native source of plants. The Carpathian flora covered here occurs not only in the Carpathian Mountains, but also in large lowlands extending towards the south, north and east and involves introduced and invading flora of more than 7,500 species. This publication is unique on two counts. Its scope extends to an unprecedented number of different plant seeds from a wide-ranging region. Moreover, it presents descriptions in unusual detail.

A Seed Is Sleepy

Author: Dianna Hutts Aston

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 145213460X

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 40

View: 9622


Award-winning artist Sylvia Long and author Dianna Hutts Aston have teamed up again to create this gorgeous and informative introduction to seeds. Poetic in voice and elegant in design, the book introduces children to a fascinating array of seed and plant facts, making it a guide that is equally at home being read on a parent's lap as in a classroom reading circle. Plus, this is the fixed format version, which looks almost identical to the print edition.

Travelling Seeds

Book 3 in the MUMMY NATURE series of children's books

Author: Rebecca Bielawski

Publisher: Rebecca Bielawski

ISBN: 1514391848

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 26

View: 804


Discover how seeds travel from place to place. Our narrator excitedly tells us how she saw a pear fall from a tree in the meadow and how a cow came along and ate it. Then the seed began a journey. Where would the seed end up? Would it grow into a big tree with pears of its own? Using the pear and cow example we can stimulate more questions about seed dispersal and, like all the books in MUMMY NATURE series, Travelling Seeds can be used as a jumping off point for discussion of other topics such as seed germination, plant parts or how plants animals and people interact in nature. On the last page we can see more examples of ways that seeds can be spread. What we can learn: How seeds of fruit can be spread when eaten by animals or people Other ways that seeds can be spread: by wind, by water, by sticking to travelling creatures Simple ideas about germination The cycle of: seed > plant > flower > fruit > seed A cow stomach has 4 parts new words: Germination, sprout, roots, seedling PAGES: 24 WORDS: 283 LEVEL: Preschool to 6yrs Other books in the series: Meet Bacteria! Bees Like Flowers MUMMY NATURE series – nurturing children's curiosity Each book in the series is one mini nature lesson wrapped up in colour and rhyme. These books are intended for very young children including toddlers and will give them just a glimpse into some of the wonders of the natural world. Illustrated for maximum vibrancy and visual impact, using rhyme to engage young minds and encourage participation. Read the rhymes to your children and soon they will be reading them to you! The narrator is a small child and keen observer who tells us in short rhyming phrases everything she thinks we should know, and all about the magical things she sees around her. Sometimes she is camouflaged in the long grass and other times she has to climb a tree to get a better look.

Seeds of the Spirit

Wisdom of the Twentieth Century

Author: Richard H. Bell,Barbara L. Battin

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 9780664254650

Category: Religion

Page: 181

View: 7973


This book brings together a selection of classic spiritual writings from the twentieth century's most inspirational authors. Arranged thematically, this book is ideal for use as a spiritual primer for laity and clergy alike, and is also helpful for sermon preparation. The topics include alienation and loneliness, holiness and spirituality, justice and kindness, purity of heart, humility and renunciation, spiritual presence and incarnation, and worship, gratitude, and joy. Challenging and engaging, these writings will invite us to explore and deepen our sense of the sacred in our everyday lives. Selections are from the work of Karl Barth, Daniel Berrigan, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Buber, Dorothy Day, Matthew Fox, Gustavo Gutierrez, Dag Hammarskjold, Vaclav Havel, Abraham Heschel, Martin Luther King Jr., Madeleine L'Engle, C. S. Lewis, Thomas Merton, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Henri Nouwen, Brother Roger of Taize, Dorothee Soelle, Simone Weil, and many others. A short biography of each writer is included.