Maintaining Seed Quality of Maize and Wheat through Dry Chain Technology in Pakistan

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Afzal, I., Khalid, E., Basra, S. M. A., Afzal, A. and Mahmood, K. 2020. Maintaining Seed Quality of Maize and Wheat through Dry Chain Technology in Pakistan. Internatinal journal of agriculture and biology. 22, pp. 1363-1368. https://doi.org/10.17957/IJAB/15.1209

AuthorsAfzal, I., Khalid, E., Basra, S. M. A., Afzal, A. and Mahmood, K.
Abstract

Seed is inevitably deteriorated during storage and higher seed moisture content is the primary cause of this decline in seed quality. Dry Chain is a valuable tool, by using moisture proof hermetic containers to preserve seed quality throughout supply chain. This study evaluated and compared the performance of wheat and maize seed in different hermetic storage packaging (Super bag, Anaaji bag and drum) with conventionally used woven polypropylene bags after six months storage in ambient conditions. Seed moisture content was increased up to 11.53 and 13.55% in wheat and maize respectively when packed in polypropylene bags while it remained low (approximately 10 and 11.4% in wheat and maize respectively) when packed in hermetically sealed bags and drum. Germination was maintained in both cereal seeds stored in hermetically sealed Super bag, anaaji bag and drum while it reduced in polypropylene bags as compared to initial seed quality. Seed stored in polypropylene bag deteriorated quickly, which resulted in loss of seed vigour as indicated by higher malondialdehyde contents and electrical
conductivity of seed leachates. It can be concluded that maintenance of seed dryness with hermetic storage is useful in preservation of seed quality and related attributes under high relative humidity environment.

KeywordsCereal seed; Seed vigour; Hermetic storage; Seed deterioration; Seed moisture contents
Year of Publication2020
JournalInternatinal journal of agriculture and biology
Journal citation22, pp. 1363-1368
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.17957/IJAB/15.1209
Open accessPublished as bronze (free) open access
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Publisher's version
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online22 Dec 2019
Publication process dates
Accepted25 Jul 2019
ISSN1560-8530
PublisherFriends Science Publ

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