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Seed production in oil palm: a manual.

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This manual discusses first the history of oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) production and the health and safety in the seed processing facility, then describes the isolation of the female inflorescence, pollination, harvesting, seed preparation, seed viability testing, seed moisture testing, seed processing for commercial seed production, and seed production for breeding. It shows that the process fo...

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Chapter 3 (Page no: 15)

Isolation of the female inflorescence.

Care is required when isolating female inflorescences to prevent damage. The developing inflorescence should be treated with insecticides to prevent insects, particularly the oil palm-pollinating weevil, from leading to pollen cross-contamination. Specialized isolation bags are designed with a window to inspect and monitor development and through which subsequent operations (spraying and pollination) are performed. The isolation process involves insect-proofing as insects, particularly weevils, carry unwanted pollen and cause seed contamination. Instructions are given on the procedures used in isolating the female inflorescence that maximize success in artificial crossing. The procedures involve the use of hazardous chemicals (insecticides) and may involve climbing tall palms. Guidance in health and safety procedures are given in Chapter 2 of this manual.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 3) Introduction. Author(s): Kelanaputra, E. S. Nelson, S. P. C. Setiawati, U. Sitepu, B. Nur, F. Forster, B. P. Purba, A. R.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 11) Health and safety considerations. Author(s): Kelanaputra, E. S. Nelson, S. P. C. Setiawati, U. Sitepu, B. Nur, F. Forster, B. P. Purba, A. R.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 19) Pollination. Author(s): Kelanaputra, E. S. Nelson, S. P. C. Setiawati, U. Sitepu, B. Nur, F. Forster, B. P. Purba, A. R.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 25) Harvesting. Author(s): Kelanaputra, E. S. Nelson, S. P. C. Setiawati, U. Sitepu, B. Nur, F. Forster, B. P. Purba, A. R.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 29) Seed preparation. Author(s): Kelanaputra, E. S. Nelson, S. P. C. Setiawati, U. Sitepu, B. Nur, F. Forster, B. P. Purba, A. R.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 35) Seed viability testing. Author(s): Kelanaputra, E. S. Nelson, S. P. C. Setiawati, U. Sitepu, B. Nur, F. Forster, B. P. Purba, A. R.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 39) Seed moisture testing. Author(s): Kelanaputra, E. S. Nelson, S. P. C. Setiawati, U. Sitepu, B. Nur, F. Forster, B. P. Purba, A. R.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 43) Seed processing for commercial production. Author(s): Kelanaputra, E. S. Nelson, S. P. C. Setiawati, U. Sitepu, B. Nur, F. Forster, B. P. Purba, A. R.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 53) Seed production for breeding. Author(s): Kelanaputra, E. S. Nelson, S. P. C. Setiawati, U. Sitepu, B. Nur, F. Forster, B. P. Purba, A. R.