Gas plasma treatment as a novel seed technology to release dormancy and to improve germination uniformity of vegetable seeds

Project: Research

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Inconsistencies in the release from dormancy of plant seeds result in failure to maximise crop yields from a given land area. This has implications for food security, resource utilization (water, energy) and the economy. We propose the treatment of seeds with non-thermal atmospheric gas plasmas (NTAGP) to achieve uniformity in germination. PhD student project of Giles Grainge in the Seed Biology Group at RHUL.
Effective start/end date1/10/151/10/19

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action