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The J. Derek Bewley Career Lecture. Seeds-plants-crops-biodiversity-environment-people: illustrating understanding and ideas

Ellis, R. H. (2022) The J. Derek Bewley Career Lecture. Seeds-plants-crops-biodiversity-environment-people: illustrating understanding and ideas. Seed Science Research, 32 (3). pp. 118-125. ISSN 0960-2585

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The J. Derek Bewley Career Lectures presented at the triennial meetings of the International Society of Seed Science support early-career seed scientists by providing retrospective views, from those late in their careers, of lessons learned and future implications. Ambition, ability, inspiration, foresight, hard work, and opportunity are obvious career requirements. The importance of mentoring and teamwork combined with the clear communication of results, understanding, and ideas are emphasized. The role of illustration in research, and its dissemination, is outlined: illustration can support hypothesis development, testing, and communication. Climate change may perturb the production of high-quality seed affecting conservation as well as agriculture, horticulture, and forestry. An illustrative synthesis of the current understanding of temporal aspects of the effects of seed production environment on seed quality (assessed by subsequent seed storage longevity) is provided for wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) and rice (Oryza sativa L.). Seed science research can contribute to complex global challenges such as future food supplies from seed-propagated crops in our changing climate whilst conserving biological diversity (through seed ecology and technologies such as ex situ plant genetic resources conservation by long-term seed storage in genebanks), but only if that research can be - and then is - applied.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Department of Crop Science
ID Code:101521
Uncontrolled Keywords:climate change; rice (Oryza sativa L.); seed development; seed longevity; seed maturity; seed quality; wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)
Publisher:Cambridge University Press


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