Greg Welbaum, a professor at the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, announces his latest book, 'Vegetable Seed Production: Biology and Technology,' published by CABI, the leading publisher of agricultural titles worldwide.

Released in early February, the book delves into the intricacies of producing, maintaining, and enhancing the quality of vegetable seeds, which is crucial for sustaining the world's food supply. Welbaum explains that while most food and fiber crops are seed-dependent, the production of vegetable seeds presents unique challenges, making this area of study critical for agricultural sustainability.

The comprehensive guide comprises six foundational chapters covering topics such as the importance of seeds, plant reproductive biology, genetic improvement strategies, and quality assurance in seed production. Additionally, the book explores seed production specifics for eleven major vegetable families, offering insights into botany, genetic diversity, pollination, soil and pest management, crop production, harvesting, post-harvest handling, and seed yields for each family.

"My goal with this book is to provide a comprehensive resource that bridges theory and practice in vegetable seed production. It incorporates the latest research findings and industry best practices to equip readers with the knowledge needed to excel in this vital aspect of agriculture,” said Welbaum.

Welbaum's extensive research spans decades, focusing on areas such as seed development, crop physiology, and plant genetics, with significant contributions in understanding seed germination, seed priming, and orchid seed development. His commitment to bridging theory and practice continues to inspire advancements in agricultural innovation worldwide.

Get a 20% discount on Welbaum's new book by entering the code CAB20 during checkout.