Professor, School of Integrative Plant Science
Taylor's research program can best be described as "modern seed technology," with emphasis on post-harvest topics including seed treatment and coatings, biostimulants and seed quality. 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.
Seed science and technology
Coatings, treatments and biostimulants
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.
Selected Journal Publications
Wilson, H. T., Amirkhani, M., & Taylor, A. G. (2018). Evaluation of gelatin as a biostimulant seed treatment to improve plant performance. Frontiers in Plant Science. 9.
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.
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.
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
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.