Handling

Like agricultural seeds, many tree fruits dry as they mature, and the seeds are extracted best at low moisture contents. Other tree seeds are still very moist at maturity, and special considerations are needed for extraction. No matter what type of fruit is involved, however, the objective of extraction is to obtain the maximum amount of seeds in the best physiological condition in an economically efficient operation. During extraction, seed quality can be greatly reduced by excessively heating the fruit to force opening or by extracting by hand or machine.


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Publication: Tree Seed Technology Training Course - Instructor's Manual

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