To meet the challenges posed by agriculture and to fill the gap in our knowledge on seed technology, this book is a special contribution. The book contains a wealth of information on seed hardening, Pelleting and coating. The subject material is presented in seven parts. The first part of this book deals with seed, soil, water and nutrient management technologies for sustainable production in rainfed and gardenland systems. The second part is highlighted with seed hardening techniques for drought techniques for drought resistance with special reference to horticultural and forestry crops. Brief description on current scenario of seed pelleting which comprises its principles, practices in agricultural, horticultural and forestry crops is complied in the third part. Part four four contains subject matter dealing with seed coating and colouring in cereals, pulses, oilseeds and in horticultural crops. Fifth part of this book explores the information about seed storage, testing and certification procedures for pelleted seeds. An expanded discussion about the network experiments in seed hardening and pelleting in various crops has been presented in part six. Part Seven deals with the special topics on economics of seed hardening and pelleting and crop management strategies to salvage agriculture under drought. This book is compiled for researchers, seed producers and students especially those who are studying Seed Science and Technology.
Dr. K. Vanangamudi, is the Dean (Agriculture), Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, TN, India, a Seed Scientist has 22 years of experience in the field of UG and PG teaching, research and extension service. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Mississippi State University, USA during 1989-90. His area of specialization includes forest seed technology and quality seed production. He has authored 16 books in English and 24 books in Tamil and published 35 research papers in International Journals & Newsletters and 111 in National Journals. He has presented 163 papers in various National and International conferences and seminars and published 77 popular articles in English and Tamil. He has also contributed several book chapters in refereed books. He has excellent research experiences by heading eight research projects as a Principal Investigator funded by various agencies and currently investigating a horticulture project. He is the Project Head for Training programme for Self Help Groups at Adhiparasakthi Agricultural Cololege. He has guided 17 PhD and 10 MSc students. in recognition of his outstanding contribution, he has been awarded with 'Best Post Graduate Teacher Award' in 1998, 'Best Scientist Award in Agro-Forestry' in 1999 and 'Madras Agricultural Students Best Teacher Award for Post Graduate Programme' in 2000 and 'Best Seed Scientist Award' in 2003 from Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar. He is a member of Board of studies in Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, Gandhi Gram Rural Institute, Deemed University. He was also a consultant of Kerala Forestry Project. He is a recognized guide of Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli and Forest Research Institute, Deemed University, Dehradun. He has traveled to U.S.A., Japan, Canada and U.K. in connection with forest research and education.
Dr. K. Natarajan, Assistant Professor of Seed Science and Technology, Adhiparasakthi Agricultural College, Kalavai, Vellore District, Tamil Nadu, India has published 10 research papers in International and National Journals and 9 Popular articles. He has also presented 43 research papers in National Seminars and Conferences. He has published one book. He has specialized in flower seed production.
Mr. T. Saravanan, Assistant Professor of Plant Breeding & Genetics, Adhiparasakthi Agricultural College, Kalavai, Vellore District, Tamil Nadu, India has 5 years of experience in UG teaching, research , seed production and extension services. He is a gold medalist in MSc. (Ag) in 1999. He has published two research papers at International level and several conference papers and popular articles at National level. He has also published two books and several book chapters in refereed books.