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: 3395


"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: 7116


Seed Development and Germination

Author: Jaime Kigel

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9780824792299

Category: Science

Page: 872

View: 3946


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.

Seeds, 3rd Edition

The Ecology of Regeneration in Plant Communities

Author: Robert S Gallagher

Publisher: CABI

ISBN: 1780641834

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 320

View: 4839


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.

New Seeds of Contemplation

Author: Thomas Merton

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 9780811217248

Category: Philosophy

Page: 297

View: 4226


Featuring a new introduction, a republication of a spiritual classic introduces western readers to the mystical dimensions of the human soul, inviting readers to develop and nurture a contemplative and vital sense of spirituality. Reprint.

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: 5556


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.

Handbook of Seed Science and Technology

Author: Amarjit Basra

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781560223153

Category: Science

Page: 795

View: 6206


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.

Faith in a Seed

The Dispersion Of Seeds And Other Late Natural History Writings

Author: Henry D. Thoreau

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 9781597262873

Category: Nature

Page: 301

View: 2344


Faith in a Seed contains the hitherto unpublished work The Dispersion of Seeds, one of Henry D. Thoreau's last important research and writing projects, and now his first new book to appear in 125 years.With the remarkable clarity and grace that characterize all of his writings, Thoreau describes the ecological succession of plant species through seed dispersal. The Dispersion of Seeds, which draws on Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection, refutes the then widely accepted theory that some plants spring spontaneously to life, independent of roots, cuttings, or seeds. As Thoreau wrote: "Though I do not believe a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders." Henry D. Thoreau's Faith in a Seed, was first published in hardcover in 1993 by Island Press under the Shearwater Books imprint, which unifies scientific views of nature with humanistic ones. This important work, the first publication of Thoreau's last manuscript, is now available in paperback. Faith in a Seed contains Thoreau's last important research and writing project, The Dispersion of Seeds, along with other natural history writings from late in his life. Edited by Bradley P. Dean, professor of English at East Carolina University and editor of the Thoreau Society Bulletin, these writings demonstrate how a major American author at the height of his career succeeded in making science and literature mutually enriching.

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: 9158


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.

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

Author: T.T. Kozlowski

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 0323150446

Category: Science

Page: 434

View: 598


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.

Plant Packages

A Book about Seeds

Author: Susan Blackaby,Charlene Delage

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 9781404803848

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 24

View: 1091


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

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: 4121


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.

Ball Culture Guide

The Encyclopedia of Seed Germination

Author: Jim Nau

Publisher: Ball Publishing

ISBN: 9781883052195

Category: Gardening

Page: 243

View: 1225


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 of Remembrance

A Book of Poetry

Author: Adria Husband

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 059529085X

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 72

View: 6498


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: 8341


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.

Australian Seeds

A Guide to Their Collection, Identification and Biology

Author: Luke Sweedman,David Merritt


ISBN: 0643092986

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 258

View: 4759


This is the first complete guide to the collection, processing and storage of wild collected seed. While the main focus is on Australian seeds, the procedures and protocols described within the book are of international standard and apply to users throughout the world. The book provides a basic understanding to seed biology, evolution and morphology, and includes chapters on all aspects of harvesting, processing and storage of seeds. This will enable users to collect, process and store seed more efficiently, thus reducing loss of seed viability during the storage process with potentially huge savings in time, effort and expense in the rehabilitation and restoration industries. With a strong emphasis on the species-rich Western Australian region, Australian Seedsfeatures photographs of more than 1200 species showing clearly their size and shape. Comprehensive seed germination data enables users to know how long to allow for germination times and whether some form of pre-germination treatment is required and what this should be. This is of major importance to horticulturists and agriculturists planning crop and weed control programes. It will also be a valuable resource to anyone interested in Australian flora

The Ecology of Seeds

Author: Michael Fenner,Ken Thompson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521653688

Category: Science

Page: 250

View: 5604


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.

A Seed Is Sleepy

Author: Dianna Hutts Aston,Sylvia Long

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 145213314X

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 40

View: 3160


An informative, yet beautiful, introduction to seeds.