About the book
Seeds play a crucial role in agriculture, as means to complete the life plant cycle and to sure plants from one generation to the next, and in food security as a fundamental service in the global economy and for the agro-food industry with technological applications. Well-matured seeds production in plants is the key feature for successful seed production, increased productivity through the breeding of new varieties/cultivars and hybrids exhibiting improved vigor, better seed nutritional and therapeutic values, new nutraceutical properties, and copping with biotic and abiotic stresses under global environmental changes.
Seed filling has become a physiologically dynamic and well-regulated process that involves cell expansion and accumulation of proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates in their storage tissues (endosperm and cotyledon). It has a major influence on many seed functional features like the previously mentioned, but also affecting many other agricultural traits such as final yield, seed size and composition, and quality, germination, dormancy release, etc.
This book project aims to show the last insights in signaling, genetic and regulatory processes governing seed filling, and related physiological cues to better understand how to improve this seed developmental process for biotechnical applications.