DEPARTMENT OF AGRONOMY
Patuakhali Science and
Credit hour : 21
SYLLABUS OF B. Sc. Ag. (Hons.) Courses
Course code: AGR 213
Course Title: Seed Science and Technology
Credit hour: 2+1
Offering semester: Winter/Autumn
Batch of Student entitled: L2-3rd
SEED: Concept, Importance, Classification and structure. Seed formation and development. Characteristics of quality seeds. Significance of quality seed in agriculture. Factors affecting seed quality during production and processing.
SEED GERMINATION: Definition, types and process of seed germination. Factors affecting seed germination.
SEED VIABILITY AND VIGOR: Concept of seed viability and vigor. Factors affecting seed viability and seed vigor. Significance of seed vigor in crop production.
SEED DORMANCY: Definition, types, advantages and disadvantages of seed dormancy. Causes and methods of breaking seed dormancy.
SEED RATE: Concept, importance and factors affecting seed rate. Real value of seed. Determination of seed rate of crops.
SEED CROP CULTIVATION: Principles. Methods of seed crop cultivation. Harvesting, threshing and processing of seeds.
SEED TREATMENT: Concept, principles, objectives and types of seed treatment. Methods of seed treatment. Seed treating chemicals.
SEED STORAGE: Principles and importance. Storage facilities in
SEED TESTING: Definition and objectives. Seed sampling. Testing of seeds for moisture, purity, germination, viability and vigor.
SEED CERTIFICATION: Concept and objectives. Seed classes. Seed Certification procedure. National Seed Board (NSB) and Seed Certification Agency (SCA).
SEED QUARANTINE: Concept, importance and method. Status of seed quarantine in
1. Identification of seeds of field crops
2. Seed Structure of important monocot and dicot crops.
3. Production of a seed crops and working out its cost of production.
4. Observation of physiological and harvesting maturity of crops.
5. Practicing grading and treatment of seed.
6. Seed sampling, Seed moisture estimation. Purity, Germination, Viability and Vigor test of seed
7. Working out the seed rate of important crops.
8. Visit to a seed multiplication farm and seed-processing center.
Books and Periodicals Recommended
1.Agrawal, R. L. 1986. Seed Technology.
2.Copeland, L. O. 1976. Principles of Seed Science and Technology. Burgess Publishing
3.Hebblethwaite, P. B. 1980. Seed Production.
4.Justice, O. L. and Bass, L. N. 1978. Principles and Practices of Seed Storage. The Science and Education Administration (SEA), U. S. D. A., Washington, D. C.
1.De, G. C. 1989. Fundamentals of Agronomy. Oxford & IBH Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd.
2.Singh, S. S. 1988. Principles & Practices of Agronomy. Kalyani Publishers,
3.Nema, N.P. 1986. Principles of Seed Certiification and Testing. Allied Publishers Ltd.