Preconditioning of Seeds to Improve Performance

  • A. A. Khan
  • C. M. Karssen
  • E. F. Leue
  • C. H. Roe
Part of the Nato Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 22)


The extent to which a seed will perform is governed by its genetic makeup and the biochemical and physiological characteristics of the component parts, all of which are subject to control by environmental factors. High germinability in a seed lot is not always a measure of good seed quality or high vigor. It is not uncommon to find a seed lot with high germinability in the laboratory perform poorly in the field. Various laboratory tests, including stress tests simulating field conditions, are available and others are being designed to predict accurately the performance of a seed lot in the field. Progress, however, is extremely slow in this direction.


Brussels Sprout Lettuce Seed Untreated Seed Osmotic Treatment Suboptimal Temperature 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. A. Khan
    • 1
  • C. M. Karssen
    • 1
  • E. F. Leue
    • 1
  • C. H. Roe
    • 2
  1. 1.New York State Agricultural Experiment StationCornell UniversityGenevaUSA
  2. 2.Agricultural UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands

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