Principles of Post-Harvest Seed Physiology and Technology

Principles of Post-Harvest Seed Physiology and Technology
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Principles of Post-Harvest Seed Physiology and Technology

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PREFACE
One of the most important necessities in the economic development of a country is sufficient agricultural production for an adequate food of the populations. For this, it is necessary not only the application of appropriate agricultural practices for the production of these food resources but also its adequate management during the recollection, storage and its transport to the centres of consumption, where we should offer food products which maintain a great nutritive quality, good conservation and an attractive visual appearance. These aspects should be well managed by the specialists in food science. The productivity of the crops depends greatly on the knowledge about their physiological and biochemical characteristics which determine the adequate moment of the harvest for the high yield and good quality, as well as those which are indicators for the determination of the conditions of an adequate storage. The productivity and quality of the food and vegetables are largely influenced by the pre- and post-harvest physiology, the environmental conditions and biotic factors prevailing during the growing conditions, management practices and post-harvest treatment and storage conditions of the food products. The present book contains a general revision and recent advances on the basic knowledge of the physiology of pre- and post-harvest intended for the students in the bachelor and postgraduate level, researchers and for whatever persons related with the production, management and storage of fruits, seeds and vegetables so that the application of this knowledge may give greater yield and the quality of those crops.
R. K. Maiti N. C. Sarkar V. P. Singh
CONTENTS
PART I POSTHARVEST PHYSIOLOGY 1
THE SEEDS ........................................................................................ 3 Importance of Seeds .......................................................................................................... 3 Metabolic Status of Seeds .................................................................................................. 6 Respiration in Developing Seeds ................................................................................... 6 Changes in Sub-cellular Particles .................................................................................. 7 Protein S ntesis ................................................................................................................. 7 Seed Composition ........................................................................................................... 7 Starch Bios ntesis ............................................................................................................. 7 Protein Bios ntesis ........................................................................................................... 8 Biomolecules Present in the Seeds ............................................................................... 8 Lipid Biosynthesis in Seeds ............................................................................................ 9 Mineral Composition of Seeds ....................................................................................... 9 Vitamin Composition of Seeds ...................................................................................... 9
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GENERAL ASPECTS OF FRUITS, SEEDS AND VEGETABLES.......... 10 Definition of Fruit, Seed and Vegetable ......................................................................... 10