BANGKOK: Renowned seed and biotechnology academician, Prof. Kent Bradford, will present his popular and proven viability-optimizing “dry chain” model at the upcoming Asian Seed Congress (ASC).
Prof Bradford will speak at the last of seven technical sessions, organized on the morning of 16 November by APSA’s Standing Committee on Seed Technology. The session, which is open to all ASC 2017 delegates and other special invitees, gets underway at 10.15am.
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Respected among seed science circles internationally, Dr. Bradford is the Director of the Seed Biotechnology Center and a Distinguished Professor of Plant Sciences at the University of California, Davis, in the US.
His work and expertise spans diverse areas of seed science, from seed germination and conservation to mathematical modeling and molecular biology.
His dry chain model provides a basis for developing effective alternatives to the commonly used methods of handling and storing seeds that have been harvested with high moisture content, in warm temperatures – conditions that prevail throughout tropical and subtropical climes across Asia and the Pacific.
Such conditions are linked to the rapid loss in viability of seeds.
Previously demonstrated successfully in several South Asian countries, the dry chain model starts immediately after harvest and continues throughout the value chain.
Not only can it help increase seed viability, but it has also been demonstrated to reduce overall storage costs.
The session, which concludes at noon, will also allocate time to discuss future activities of the committee, including the consideration of new webinar subjects, and ways to engage members of the Committee through programs and itineraries that are most beneficial to APSA members.
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