This invaluable reference offers a comprehensive presentation of the latest advances in seed science and technology—from biology, biotechnology, and production aspects to the most recent advances in genetic and physiological control, processing, and storage.Revised and expanded throughout, this latest edition of the bestselling "Seeds Handbook: Biology, Production, Processing, and Storage" includes valuable information on all areas of seed biology, production, and processing. The author, one of the most respected and prolific scientists in the field, identifies current developments in seed testing and certification, storage, transportation, and distribution. Tracking the evolution and advancement of seed industries and technologies, he fully covers the development and supply of high-quality seeds for every key agronomic and horticulture crop. Contains methods to enhance the genetic and physiological characteristics of more than 80 major and minor crops. With an abundance of current research and additional figures and illustrations, this edition of the "Seeds Handbook" offers chapters on modern biotechnological issues such as the production of synthetic seeds, loss-reduction biotechnologies, and new strategies in the seed production industry. It provides in-depth information on burgeoning areas of seed science including tissue culture and cellular totipotency, induction and regeneration protocols, development and maturation, hormone requirements, drying and storage of somatic embryos, protective encapsulation, and crop applications. With an eye to the future, it looks at challenges in the provision and enhancement of seeds for crop plants, practical methods of seed production and micropropagation, genetically modified seeds, and world food security.