In a recent paper in PNAS Kranner and colleagues present a novel method to assess seed viability non-destructively using IR thermography. The authors demonstrate their method on Pisum sativum, Triticum aestivum and Brassica napus seeds and discuss its strengths, limitation and potential applications.
The article and detailed supporting information on the method is available free of charge on the PNAS website: https://www.pnas.org/content/107/8/3912.abstract?sid=6a4387b5-5329-4484-a16d-461503e1fd1e
Kranner I, Kastberger G, Hartbauer M, Pritchard HW (2010) Non-invasive diagnosis of seed viability using infrared thermography. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Doi: 10.1073/pnas.0914197107