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PLSC 331

Seed Technology

Course overview

You’ll study the principles and practices of crop management for agricultural and vegetable seed crops and be introduced to seed quality assurance and post-harvest seed technologies.

Course information

Prerequisites and Restrictions You must satisfy the following requirement(s):
  • a minimum of 60 credit point(s) from the course(s) specified below
  • a minimum of 60 credit point(s) from the course(s) specified below
  • any level 200 course
  • any level 300 course

and

  • a minimum of 15 credit point(s) from the course(s) specified below
  • a minimum of 15 credit point(s) from the course(s) specified below
  • any level 200 HORT (Horticulture) course
  • any level 200 PLSC (Plant Science) course
  • any level 300 HORT (Horticulture) course
  • any level 300 PLSC (Plant Science) course

or

pre-requisite

  • Forest Biology and Silvics, FORS-201

Available semesters Semester 2 2021
Credits 15
Domestic fees $933.00

What you will learn

After successfully completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Recognise quality seed production, processing, storage and assessment, with emphasis on the management of seed supplies.
  2. Identify the different stages of seed development and understand the key physiological processes involved in germination and dormancy.
  3. Analyse the relationships among seed yield components, explain why potential and actual yields differ and critically review management of selected seed crops.
  4. Describe the processes through which seed passes from harvest to storage and evaluate the effects of these processes on seed quality.
  5. Explore current issues in the marketing, distribution and grower use of quality seed.

Course examiners

John Hampton

John Hampton

Professor

Bio-Protection Research Centre

[email protected]