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The Chemistry of Seeds

  • Lawrence O. Copeland
  • Miller B. McDonald
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Abstract

A knowledge of the chemical composition of seeds is essential for several reasons: (1) seeds are a basic source of food for both people and animals, (2) they are an important source of medicine and drugs, (3) they contain various antimetabolites that adversely affect human and animal nutrition, (4) they are an important source of raw materials useful for various industrial purposes, and (5) they contain reserve food supplies and growth substances that influence seed germination and seedling vigor, seed storage, and longevity.

Keywords

Erucic Acid Seed Protein Soybean Seed Maleic Hydrazide Cereal Seed 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lawrence O. Copeland
    • 1
  • Miller B. McDonald
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Crop & Soil SciencesMichigan State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Department of Horticulture & Crop ScienceOhio State UniversityUSA

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