COURSE CODE: PBS 502
COURSE TITLE: Seed Production
NUMBER OF UNITS: 3 Units
COURSE DURATION: Three hours per week
Course Coordinator: Prof. M. A. Ajala
Office Location: Room 208, COLPLANT
Environment and other factors affecting seed multiplication. Pollination – wind and insect. Pollination of F1 hybrid seed production. Controlled multiplication. Cultural practices: plant protection, chemical application. Crop maturity and time of harvest. Seed certification. Protection against foreign pollen. Isolation distance. Deterioration of seed stocks. Contract growing philosophy, principles and applications.
Practicals: Dormancy breaking techniques. Application of pesticides and visit to commercial seed processing companies: National Seed Service and MANR, Asero to familiarize students with seed processing, packaging and storage principles.