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The beginnings of human civili zation can be traced back to the time , ne- ly 12 ,000 years ago , when th e early humans gradually ch anged from a life of hunting and gathering food , to producing food. This beginning of pri- tive agriculture ensured a dependable supply of food , and fostered the living together of people in groups and the development of s o c i e ty. During th is time, plant s e e ds were recognized a s a valuable s o ur c e of food and nutrition , and began to be used for growing plants for food. Ever s i n c e , plant seeds have played an important role in the development of the human civilization . Even today, s e e ds of a few crop s p e c i e s , s uc h as the cereals and legume s, are the primary s o u r c e of most human food , and the predominant commodity in international agriculture. Owing to their great importance as food for human s and in international trade , seeds have been a favorite object of s t u d y by developmental biologists and physiologi sts , nutritionist s and chem i sts . A wealth of useful information i s available on th e biology of seed s .
Section A: Control of Seed Development. 1. Embryogenesis in Dicotyledonous Plants; R. Yadegari, R. Goldberg. 2. Development of the Suspensor: Differentiation, Communication, and Programmed Cell Death During Plant Embryogenesis; B.W. Schwartz, et al. 3. Endosperm Structure and Development; D.A. DeMason. 4. Hormonal Regulation of Seed Development; R. Morris. Section B: The Synthesis and Accumulation of Stored Metabolites. 5. The Biochemistry and Cell Biology of Embryo Storage Proteins; N.C. Nielsen, et al. 6. The Prolamin Storage Proteins of Wheat and Its Relatives; G. Galili. 7. The Prolamin Proteins of Maize, Sorghum and Coix; C.E. Coleman, et al. 8. The Storage Proteins of Rice and Oat; D.G. Muench, T.W. Okita. 9. The Protease Inhibitors of Seeds; K.A. Wilson. 10. Starch Synthesis in the Maize Seed; L.C. Hannah. 11. Synthesis and Storage of Fatty Acids; J. Browse. 12. Accumulation and Storage of Phosphate and Minerals; V. Raboy. 13. Genetic Regulation of Carbohydrate and Protein Accumulation in Seeds; M. Motto, et al. Section C: Control of Seed Maturation and Germination. 14. Lea Proteins and the Desiccation Tolerance of Seeds; L. Dure. 15. Seed Maturation and Control of Dormancy; J. Harada. Section D: Manipulation of Seeds Through Biotechnology. 16. Biotechnological Approaches to Altering Seed Composition; E. Krebbers, et al.