Cross-section of a buckwheat seed

The Seed Biology Electronic Mailing List

Ralph L. Obendorf, Owner/Editor


ABOUT THE SEED BIOLOGY ELECTRONIC MAILING LIST is an electronic mailing list created for the purpose of fostering a world-wide exchange of seed biology research information. The name "Seed Biology" was chosen to attract the largest possible array of interest. Topics are not limited to seed biology; ecological and technological topics, as well as others, are also welcomed. Ralph L. Obendorf manages the mailing list which was established in April 1995. The list is co-sponsored by Division C-4 Seed Physiology, Production and Technology of the Crop Science Society of America, the USDA/CSREES Western Regional Cooperative Research Project W-1168 "Environmental and Genetic Determinants of Seed Quality and Performance" (USA), the Seed Biology Program at Cornell University (USA), the International Society for Seed Science (ISSS), and others. For administrative reasons only, subscription to the list is by approval. Subscription is free. has about 500 subscribers worldwide in at least 45 different countries including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela, Yugoslavia, and others, with approximately 40 states coast to coast in the USA. New subscribers are welcome. You are encouraged to share this information with others.



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ARCHIVED MESSAGES - an archive of "selected" messages on topics discussed on SEED-BIOLOGY-L.

SEED POSITION ANNOUNCEMENTS - a listing of current employment opportunities related to seeds




Links to Conferences

7th International Workshop on Seeds, Salamanca, Spain, 12-16 May 2002

9th International Symposium on Pre-Harvest Sprouting in Cereals, Kruger National Park, 24-28 June 2001.

Stress Tolerance In Seeds: Genetic, Molecular and Physiological Mechanisms, WICC, Wageningen, The Netherlands, April 2001.

3rd International Workshop On Desiccation Sensitivity And Tolerance In Seeds And Vegetative Plant Tissues, Itala Game Reserve, South Africa, 05-10 January 2000.

4th International Workshop on Desiccation Sensitivity and Tolerance in Seeds and Vegetative Plant Tissues, Blouwaterbaai, South Africa, August 2003.

Links to Organizations

International Society for Seed Science

Crop Science Society of America - get the latest crop-related news, search for a position in your field, view the latest journals or find out about the next annual meeting

CSSA Division C-4: Seed Physiology, Production, and Technology - This division of CSSA focuses on seed development and maturation, germination, metabolism, and viability. It is also concerned with registered and certified seed.

Association of Offical Seed Analysts (AOSA) - "An organization comprised of member laboratories staffed by certified seed analysts." Check the directory for a laboratory in your state, find resource information, or check the reference base.

The American Society of Plant Physiologists - find information of the next Plant Biology meeting, search the ASPP job bank, find a colleague in the membership directory, or get the latest journal and research information.

Society of Commercial Seed Technologists - Includes list of members and their addresses and membership requirements.

The American Society for Horicultural Science - Find out about the next annual meeting, recent publications, a position in your field, or other information related to horticulture.

SeedQuest - Information services for Seed Professoionals.


Links to Laboratories Conducting Seed Research

National Seed Storage Laboratory, Fort Collins, CO - Part of the USDA-ARS, its mission is to preserve plant genetic diversity by maintaining the National Plant Germplasm System.

People in Seed Biology and Technology Worldwide - List of researchers, addresses, and research interests from the Home page of the National Seed Storage Laboratory, Ft. Collins, CO.

Laboratoire de Biologie des Semences (Seed Biology Laboratory) - Review the scientific reports listed by the "Seed Biology Laboratory" of the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique of Paris, France. English version available.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK - Information on seed conservation practices at Wakehurst Place and The Millenium Seed Bank Project.

Seed Biology at The Ohio State University - This page outlines the program of study for seed biology at The Ohio State University.

Wageningen Seed Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands


Seed Research Publications

CABI - Seed Science Research - review the contents of the latest issue of Seed Science Research.


Other Sites of Interest - An electronic mailing list for discussion of weeds including weed seeds and seed dormancy. - An electronic mailing list for discussion of tree seeds.

Last updated: 29 January 2007
First created: 12 May 1998

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