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Sep 17, 2012


Sep 19, 2012



CFIA seed laboratory at 301-421, Downey Road near the University of Saskatchewan Campus in Saskatoon, Canada

Local Organiser
Steve Jones ISTA Executive Committee Member and ISTA Rules Chair for the ISTA Accredited Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Seed Science and Technology Section, Saskatoon
Brenda Baergen Germination Supervisor (CFIA)

Main Lecturers:
Sylvie Ducournau (Chair of ISTA Germination Committee)
Kari Fiedler (Member of ISTA Germination Committee)

Aim of the workshop
This workshop aims at presenting and discussing the principles of the ISTA germination test, seedling evaluations for different species, results calculations and reporting plus aspects of quality management linked to germination testing. 

Workshop content
The theoretical background will be given through lectures. The workshop language is English. Participants of this workshop will be actively involved through group work, discussions and practical work. The ISTA Rules and the ISTA Seedling Evaluation Handbook will be discussed and used during the workshop

Preliminary Programme
Introduction to ISTA
- The history of germination testing
- Seedling evaluations
- Germination calculations and tolerances
- Group work
- Reporting results
- QA aspects of germination testing: e.g. how to check the vacuum planting heads, proficiency testing,
   trending of analyst performance
- Discussion of common errors in proficiency tests, issues and possible Rules proposals
- Future work for the Germination Committee
- Tour of the seed laboratory and National Seed Herbarium
- Workshop dinner