Submitted to: Encyclopedia of Seeds: Science, Technology and Uses
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: December 1, 2006
Publication Date: December 1, 2006
Citation: Walters, C.T. 2006. Accelerated Aging. 5. Arrhenius Plot. 23. Antioxidants.17. Deterioration and Longevity. 137-143. Glass. 295-296. Harrington’s Thumb Rules. 322. Hydration Force Explanation. 341. Hysteresis. 343. Maillard Reaction. 389-390. Phase Transition. 498-499. Reactive Oxygen Species. 570. Superoxide Dismutase. 695. Water Binding. 749. Water Replacement Hypothesis. 751. In M. Black, J.D. Bewley and P, Halmer (eds.) Encyclopedia of Seeds: Science, Technology and Uses. CABI, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK.
Interpretive Summary: The Encyclopedia of Seeds is a comprehensive volume describing diverse topics of seed biology and technology. Contributions on various aspects of seed storage and deterioration, reaction kinetics and phase behavior were written.
Seed deteriorate during storage and the nature and kinetics of deteriorative reactions depend on seed traits and the relative humidity and temperature at which seeds are stored. Aging reactions are hypothesized to involve oxidations. The temperature-dependency of reactions are described by Arrhenius plots which show linear behavior for simple reactions in the absence of structural changes and curvilinear behavior when reactions are complex, catalysts are deactivated or phase transitions occur.