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Author(s):Nakamura, S.
Author Affiliation:Faculty of Agriculture, Yamaguchi University, Yamaguchi, Japan
Title:The most appropriate moisture content of seeds for their long life span
Source:Seed Science and Technology. Vol. 3, No. 3, 1975, p. 747-759.
Publishing Information:International Seed Testing Association
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Seeds; Seed moisture; Seed storage; Temperatures; Viability
Abstract/Contents:In general, low temperature and dry conditions are adequate for the storage of seeds. Low temperature is suitable for almost all kinds with certain exceptions, e.g. cacao seeds (Harrington, 1972), but some kinds of seed require high moisture for maintenance of viability. Harrington (1970) put the seeds of sugar cane, coconut, poplar, oak, tea, etc. into this category. He also pointed out that too dry an atmosphere, below 20% relative humidity (RH), induces the breaking of the monomolecular water layer in seeds and thus shortens their life span, and that longevity is maximual in the RH range of 20 to 25%. In my experiments over 20 years, it was found that while some kinds required high seed moisture for their storage, amongst other kinds requiring low RH the degree of dryness required was somewhat different.
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ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Nakamura, S. 1975. The most appropriate moisture content of seeds for their long life span. Seed Sci. Technol. 3(3):p. 747-759.
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