Monitoring seed health

September 17, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The new seed health lab in Aleppo: testing seed samples due to be shipped to research centers worldwide

Seed health monitoring is a crucial element of germplasm exchange and variety development programs. ICARDA’s seed health laboratory is acknowledged as a regional leader in the field. The lab tests thousands of samples each year, to ensure that both incoming and outgoing seeds are healthy and free of seedborne diseases, and fully meet international phytosanitary standards.

ICARDA has established a new seed health laboratory in Aleppo city. The lab is now fully operational and will soon begin shipping seed samples to partners around the world. Every sample is tested for a range of seed-borne fungi, bacteria, nematodes, viruses, and parasitic weeds.

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