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Namedr. SPC Groot
FirstnameSteven
Emailsteven.groot@wur.nl

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Descriptionsenior researcher
OrganizationWageningen Plant Research
Organization UnitBioscience
Phone+31 317 480 833
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Secretarial phone+31 317 480 964
Phone 2+31 317 480 973
Fax+31 317 418 094
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Visiting addressDroevendaalsesteeg 1
6708PB, WAGENINGEN
Building/Room107/W1.Ee.083
Postal addressPostbus 16
6700AA, WAGENINGEN
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  • Vice-chair Seed Storage Committee - International Seed Testing Association
    May 2021 - Present

    Member and vice chair of the ISTA Technical Committee on Seed Storage. Its main task is preparing a handbook on seed storage.

  • co-director International Seed Academy - International Seed Academy
    Jan 2008 - Present

    organise training courses in seed technology

  • SCUBA diving instructor - Wageningse Watervrienden
    Jan 1996 - Present

    providing courses in SCUBA diving


Biography

I’m a biologist studying the amazing world of seeds. Our team want to understand how seeds have evolved mechanisms to survive such a long time, without ability for repair of oxidative damage. Under dry conditions seeds are not able to repair damage because the necessary enzymes can’t be active. We study the role of not only temperature and moisture during seed ageing, but also of oxygen, as this molecule is the main trigger for seed deterioration.

The results from our seed research is translated in practical applications for farmers, genebanks and seed companies, who finance also part of our research. Together with Johan van Asbrouck, an experience seed technologist, I founded the International Seed Academy.

More information and publications by our team can be found on the Wageningen UR page on Seed technology and on ResearchGate


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