Seed Physiology and the Environment

Registration Opens in April 2024

Learn about seed physiology—from anywhere.

Seed Physiology and the Environment is a course offered by Iowa State University that provides a learning opportunity for those with experience in the field. This opportunity to study with a renowned professor is presented in an online environment using recorded lectures, discussion, and activities that reinforce the concepts of seed physiology. As an industry professional, you will be interacting with students seeking academic credit in a blended learning environment.

In this course, you will explore the metabolic processes during seed development, maturation, deterioration, dormancy, and germination, and the relationship between seed deterioration and seedling vigor. The learning and communication ability of the students is enhanced through team approaches to problem-solving and class discussions. The class consists of lectures, critical evaluation of current literature, and class discussion. A special emphasis is given to the effect of different environmental stresses on metabolic pathways during seed development and maturation.

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Registration Cost: $200.00 USD

Course Hours: TBD hours

Course Start Date: August 2024

Course Access Time: 117 Days
August 26, 2024 – December 20, 2024


A. Susana Goggi
Department of Agronomy

Research Interest

Focuses on the physiological aspects of seed development, maturation, longevity, dormancy, and germination. Current research includes strategies for minimizing the adverse effects of the production environments on seed quality of soybeans and corn, including the development of organic seed protectants as an alternative to chemical seed treatments, the study of soybean genome fluidity events affecting seed quality and vigor, and the evaluation of differential gene expression after frost damage in corn seed. In additioon, developing strategies for producing high quality seeds in corn cultivars with enhanced nutritional properties and other value-added traits, and strategies to minimize outcrosses caused by adventitious pollen flow into corn production fields.

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