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Alan Taylor

A. G. Taylor


630 W. North Street, Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 787-2243

Taylor`s research program can best be described as "modern seed technology," with many well-organized projects for multi-stakeholders. The emphasis is on post-harvest aspects of seed quality/dormancy, seed treatments and coating technologies. Projects range from applied seed technology to more fundamental aspects of seed biology on vegetable crop, hemp, agronomic crop and biofuel crop seeds.

Research Focus

Research ranges from applied aspects of seed technology to more fundamental aspects of seed biology.

Research is focused on post-harvest aspects of seeds with emphasis on coating technologies, and seed treatments. Seed treatments include chemical and biological methods to protect seeds and seedlings from insects and diseases. Laboratory-scale coating equipment is used in this program including film coating, rotary pan technology and low volume application. Additional projects include the study of seed coat permeability in relation to systemic seed treatments. Seed investigations on vegetable crop, biofuel, in particular switchgrass and eastern gamagrass, and agronomic seeds.

Outreach and Extension Focus

10% FTE in Extension in Seed Science and Technology

Teaching Focus

Study of the principles and practices involved in seed production, conditioning, storage, quality management and stand establishment. Information is applicable to various kinds of agricultural and horticultural seeds. Hands-on laboratory experience with exposure to the seed industry.

Awards and Honors

  • Leadership, dedication and service to the New York State Seed Testing Laboratory (2017) CALS
  • Appreciation letter for dedicated leadership of the NYS Seed Testing Lab (2016) NYS Dept of Ag and Mkts from Richard Ball, Commissioner of Agriculture
  • Dedication plaque "For your dedicated research of seed treatment (2016) Atlantic Seed Association
  • Best Paper (2013) AAIC (Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops)
  • Best Poster (2013) ISTA (International Seed Testing Association)

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

  • Huang, W., Mayton, H., Amirkhani, M., Wang, D., & Taylor, A. G. (2017). Seed dormancy, germination and fungal infestation of eastern gamagrass seed. Industrial Crops and Products. 99:109-115.
  • Amirkhani, M., Netravali, A., Huang, W., & Taylor, A. G. (2016). Investigation of Soy Protein–based Biostimulant Seed Coating for Broccoli Seedling and Plant Growth Enhancement. HortScience. 51:1121–1126.
  • Sikao, P., Taylor, A. G., Marino, E. T., Catranis, C. M., & Siri, B. (2015). Development of seed agglomeration technology using lettuce and tomato as model vegetable crop seeds. Scientia Horticulturae. 184:85-92.
  • Wilson, R. G., Orloff, S. B., & Taylor, A. G. (2014). Evaluation of insecticides and application methods to protect onions from onion maggot, Delia antiqua and seedcorn maggot, Delia platura, damage. Crop Protection. 67:102-108.
  • Duclos, D. V., Altobello, C. O., & Taylor, A. G. (2014). Investigating seed dormancy in switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.): Elucidating the effect of temperature regimes and plant hormones on embryo dormancy. Industrial Crops and Products. 58:148-159.
  • Sikhao, P., Teeraponchaisit, P., Taylor, A. G., & Siri, B. (2014). Seed coating with riboflavin, a natural fluorescent compound, for authentification of cucumber seeds. Seed Science and Technology. 42:171-179.
  • Dias, M. A., Taylor, A. G., & Cicero, S. M. (2014). Uptake of systemic treatments by maize seeds evaluated with fluorescent tracers. Seed Science and Technology. 42:101-107.
  • Kavak, S., & Taylor, A. G. (2013). Caryopsis extraction from big bluestem spikelets (Andropogon gerardii) with seed conditioning equipment: optimal water activity for recovery and seed quality. Seed Science and Technology. 41:60-72.
  • Rushing, J. B., Baldwin, B. S., Taylor, A. G., Owens, V. N., Fike, J. H., & Moore, K. J. (2013). Seed safening from herbicidal injury in switchgrass establishment. Crop Science. 53:1650-1657.
  • Taylor, A. G., & Salanenka, Y. (2012). Seed treatments: phytotoxicity amelioration and tracer uptake. Seed Science Research. 22:S86-S90.

Presentations and Activities

  • Compound Lipophilicity and Implications for Seed Treatment Efficacy. Annual Tomato Disease Workshop. 2017. University of Florida/IFAS Gulf Coast Research Center.
  • Advances in Vegetable Seed Technology. VegR&D Forum. April 2014. UC Davis. Davis, CA.