13. Post-Collection Seed Care
In general, keep the seed collections in a cool, dry place prior to sending to the seed extractory. Do not freeze seed. Do not allow collections to overheat, and do not leave them in a vehicle in full sun. Exposure to sustained high temperatures can badly damage the seed collections. Maintain ventilation around the collections at all times and try to park the collecting vehicle in the shade, or at the very least, try to shade the windshield. Damp collections should be spread out on newspaper to dry naturally, either outside in the shade or in a well-ventilated room, as soon as possible, before shipping the material.
All teams have specific cleaning and processing arrangements; follow your institution’s cleaning agreements and take advantage of the cleaning facilities’ expertise and knowledge in cleaning seeds.
Fleshy fruits may require careful handling and partial cleaning. Notify cleaning staff that fleshy material is coming, ship immediately and never on a Friday.
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Last Updated: 15-Apr-2011