Flower Seeds: Biology and Technology

Edited by M B McDonald, F Y Kwong 
CABI  December 2004  

Hardback  400 pp  ISBN 9780851999067      £120.00
This book is
  • The first to consider this important topic
  • Successfully brings together the leading authorities on specific topics
  • Provides an essential reference tool for all those interested in flower seeds
  • Well illustrated with colour plates, black and white photos and line diagrams
The floral industry represents a significant proportion of agricultural income in several developed countries, particularly the USA, the Netherlands and Japan. Hitherto the sheer diversity of flower seeds, in their form, function and biology, has hindered the production of a comprehensive treatment of the topic. This book provides a unique and much-needed resource of information on the biology and technology of flower seeds. It presents in- depth information on the history and evolution of the ornamental and wild flower seed industries followed by recommendations for successful breed and production programs. A comprehensive coverage of the biology of flower seeds is considered as well as appropriate technologies associated with germination, vigor and viability testing. In this volume, the first of its kind, international authorities from academia and industry have been brought together to provide a comprehensive reference resource for both practitioners and students of seed science and technology and of ornamental horticulture.

Readership: Seed biology and technology, and ornamental horticulture


  • Introduction to Flower Seeds and the Flower Seed Industry, Miller B McDonald and Francis Y Kwong
  • History of the Flower Seed Industry, Nona Koivula, All-America Selections and the National Garden Bureau, Illinois, USA
  • Ornamental Bedding Plant Industry and Plug Production, Debbie Hamrick, Flora Culture International Magazine
  • The Uses and Potential of Wildflower Seed in Landscaping, Gene P Milstein, Applewood Seed Company, Colorado, USA
  • Breeding Flower Seed Crops, Neil O Anderson, University of Minnesota, USA
  • Factors Affecting Flowering in Ornamental Plants, John Erwin, University of Minnesota, USA
  • Seed Development and Structure in Floral Crops, Deborah J Lionakis Meyer, California Department of Food & Agriculture, USA
  • Flower Seed Physiology and Plug Production, Miller B McDonald
  • Seed Dormancy in Wild Flowers, Carol C Baskin and Jerry M Baskin, University of Kentucky, USA
  • Flower Seed Longevity and Deterioration, Miller B McDonald
  • Flower Seed Production, Francis Y Kwong
  • Flower Seed Cleaning and Grading, Francis Y Kwong, Ruth L Sellman, Henk Jalink and Rob van der Schoor, PanAmerican Seed Company, and Plant Research International, The Netherlands
  • Flower Seed Priming, Pregermination, Pelleting and Coating, G Tonko Bruggink, Syngenta Seeds BV, The Netherlands
  • Laboratory Germination Testing of Flower Seed, Marian Stephenson, California Dept of Food and Agriculture, and Jolan Mari, PanAmerican Seed Company, USA
  • Tetrazolium Testing for Flower Seeds, Annette Miller, USDA, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
  • Vigor Testing in Flower Seeds, Robert L Geneve, University of Kentucky, USA
  • Conserving Herbaceous Ornamental Plant Germplasm, David Tay, Ohio State University, USA
  • Conclusions, Miller R McDonald and Francis Y Kwong
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