Training course on seed health

March 15, 2011 at 11:04 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

A number of plant pathogens and pests – including fungi, viruses, parasitic weeds and insects – are transmitted through seeds. Seed health testing is therefore crucial, given the huge volumes of seeds being moved worldwide every year. A two-week training course at ICARDA headquarters, 27 February to 10 March, helped upgrade skills in this key area. The training course, funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, is part of efforts to strengthen the network of plant health workers in the region. It was attended by 18 participants from five countries – Afghanistan, Algeria, Nepal, Syria and Sudan. The course covered seed pathology, testing procedures and standards, and identification and control of seed-borne pathogens and pests, in the context of producing high-quality seed of improved crop varieties. Additional modules on agronomy, breeding, biodiversity conservation and use, and statistical analysis, provided a broader perspective. The resource persons included Dr Siham Asaad, Head of ICARDA’s seed health laboratory, and other ICARDA staff. Nearly two-thirds of the participants rated the course as ‘excellent’, with the right mix of theory, practice and interactions.

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  1. Yes, maximum insects are spread through seeds because of that so many diseases grow.

  2. good pm, i work in east west under seed technology department, section of it is seed health section, in line with this i would like to seek your guidance for a training course in seed borne detection method of vegetable crops.

  3. Good morning sir, I am Dr Bharathi works for agaricultural unive. Hyderabad, India, in seed research and technology centre. I would like to expose trainings on seed healthm, basically I am plant pathologist. I want to undergo training. I would like to take your guidance for applying training programmes in seed borne detection methods of field crops.
    Bharathi.


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