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Alan Taylor

A. G. Taylor


635 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, industrial hemp, agronomic crop, cover crop and weed 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, hemp, 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. There will be a special field trip and lab on industrial hemp. 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)
  • Seed Science Award (2003) Crop Science Society of America

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

Presentations and Activities

  • Advancements on Seed Treatment and Coating Technologies. April 2019. Iowa State University Seed Science Center. Ames, Iowa.
  • Industrial Hemp Seed Investigations. AAIC 2018 Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops: Pathway to Commercialization of Industrial Crops. September 2018. Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops, Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph and Bioindustrial Innovation Canada. London, ON Canada.
  • Systemic Seed Treatment Uptake. Crops and Chemicals USA. July 2018. Raleigh, NC.