COURSE CODE: PBS 501
COURSE TITLE: Principles of Seed Technology
NUMBER OF UNITS: 2 Units
COURSE DURATION: Two hours of lecture and 1hr of practical per week
Course Coordinator: Dr. M. A. Adebisi
Office Location: Room 253, COLPLANT
Elements of seed industry. Climatic and other requirements for seed multiplication. pollination- F1 hybrid seeds. Controlled multiplication. Determination of seed stocks. Protection against foreign pollen, isolation distances. Contract growing-Philosophy, principles and applications. Seed packaging principles, types and coat implications. seed marketing principles and objectives. Marketing organization and management. Sampling of agricultural seeds-types and techniques. seed blending- procedures and calculations. Seed laws. Plant Breeder’s rights. Seed programme development-implication and evaluation.
Practicals: Purity analysis, seed viability and vigour. Sampling techniques-primary samples, composite-submitted and working samples. Seed health testing. Seed packaging. Types and differential permeability to moisture.