Seed Borne Diseases of Field Crops their Management

Seed Borne Diseases of Field Crops their Management
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Seed Borne Diseases of Field Crops their Management

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Preface
Seed is considered as the basic, crucial and vital architect for sustainable agricultural production and enhancing productivity since human practices crop husbandry. It is a highly complex, biological dormant entity composed of a living organ, food reserve and a protective layer. Production of sufficient food to meet the needs of a burgeoning human population has been one of the outstanding achievements of Indian agriculture during the Green Revolution era. This could have been possible due to the availability of quality seeds of high yielding varieties of field crops. Availability of the quality seed is considered as an effective means to sustain the situation. To regulate the quality of seed, number of legislation and policies are being implemented through Central Seed Committee and State Seed Certification Agencies in the form of Central and State Seed Testing Laboratories, Seed Analysts and Seed Inspectors. Seed Certification is a legally approved system to maintain quality of seeds during seed production, post harvest operations and distribution of seeds. The awareness for seed health has increased many folds among planners, researchers, growers, traders, and consumers, in the trade-era of WTO and subsequent post GATTimplications of various treaties. With the implementation of Seed Bill amendment in Seed Act 1966 , the seed health testing shall be an obligatory issue beside the consideration of seed germination and purity tests for certification. However, in Indian Seed Certification System several diseases associated with seeds have been designated as objectionable in seed production programme of Foundation and Certified seeds. The tolerance limits for Seed Crop and Seed Lot have been formulated with Indian Minimum Seed Certification Standards. The book provides a comprehensive and detailed account of objectionable seedborne diseases of field crops and dedicated as a Festschrift volume in the honour of Professor Mahendra Nath Khare, one of the pioneer seed pathologist of India. Prof. M.N.Khare is a living legend of seed pathology, whose contribution to the discipline is enormous. Though at present, he is not in active research, yet he is guiding a number of students and other workers in an informal way. He is like a lighthouse for the present generation. The present book has articles pertaining to various seedborne diseases by eminent seed pathologists of the country, who are authority in their respective fields. The diseases included in this book pose a problem in seed production of that particular crop and so is of great economic significance. The articles enumerate the different aspects of that particular disease including their management through cultural, chemical and biocontrol agents. The present compilation will serve as a reference to planners, research workers, teachers, students and all those who are associated with seed production. The book is a tribute to Prof. M.N.Khare. The book is designed for those involved in seed science and technology, especially the young people involved with production, certification and teaching seed health and pathology. Besides
agricultural universities the subject is introduced in traditional universities hence book will also serve as a reference book. The volume contains 30 specialized updated informative research reference articles provided by 42 eminent national scientists working with plant pathogens. Mohan S. Bhale Ashok K. Gour
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