Delivering improved varieties and crop protection through high quality seed is a vital component of modern agricultural production systems. It is critical that seed producers have an understanding of the biological factors that contribute to the development and maintenance of seed health, vigor and viability, and how those qualities are measured. This course presents the scientific background for production, handling, storage and quality control procedures in the seed industry. It updates participants on new information in these topics, including seed pathology and seed enhancement. The course targets professionals in the seed industry, new employees, consultants, and seed producers to extend and update their knowledge.
In 2015 the Seed Longevity Workshop of the International Society for Seed Science (ISSS) will take place in Wernigerode, Germany.
The topic of the conference is:
Seeds for future generations - Determinants of longevity
The workshop will bring together scientists involved in seed science and seed banking.
Session I: Seed banking - state of the artSession II: Role of pre- and post-harvest environmental factors on seed longevitySession III: Genetics of inter- and intra-specific variation of seed survivalSession IV: Physiology and biochemistry behind seed ageing - deleterious effects vs. repair mechanisms
In November 2014 the second call of the ZonMw Enabling Technologies programme will be opened. If you are interested in doing high-througput germination assays, you can write a project of max 30 k€. Also many other technologies will be available within this programme.
For those that missed the PhD defence of Hanzie He, but would still be interested to have a look (or for those who were present, but want to have another look): you can find the recordings of this event via this link
Tomorrow at 13.30 in the Aula in Wageningen Julio Maia will defend his PhD thesis. If you cannot come to Wageningen, but still want to see the defence you can have a look at the live-broadcasting via this link.
DTL and ZonMw/NWO announce that a second call of the ZonMw programme Enabling Technologies Hotels is now open until January 15, 2015. This programme aspires to give researchers in public-private partnerships (the ‘guests’) access to high-end infrastructures within public research organisations…
Wilco Ligterink's insight:
If you are interested in doing high-througput germination assays, you can write a project for max 30 k€. Also many other technologies are available within this programme
On the 7th of October 2014 the Third Dutch Seed Symposium will be held in Wageningen. The agenda for this day is promising. If you really want to know what’s going on in seed research, or if you want to meet other people who work on the same subjects as you do: come and visit the 3rd Dutch Seed Symposium!
The Second Dutch Seed Symposium, in 2013, has been visited by more than 75 professionals in seed business and seed research.
Participation is open for members and non members of Plantum, but you have to register yourself before 26th of September. For participating an entrance fee of €100,- p.p., including lunch and drinks afterwards, will be charged with a maximum of €500,- per company for 5 or more participants of one company
Physiological and biochemical responses of Ricinus communis seedlings to different temperatures: a metabolomics approach
Paulo Roberto Ribeiro, Luzimar Gonzaga Fernandez, Renato Delmondez de Castro, Wilco Ligterink and Henk W M Hilhorst.
Compared with major crops, growth and development of Ricinus communis is still poorly understood. A better understanding of the biochemical and physiological aspects of germination and seedling growth is crucial for the breeding of high yielding varieties adapted to various growing environments. In this context, we analysed the effect of temperature on growth of young R. communis seedlings and we measured primary and secondary metabolites in roots and cotyledons. Three genotypes, recommended to small family farms as cash crop, were used in this study.