ISTA Seed symposium

Seed technology and quality in a changing world
[26 June - 28 June, 2019]

Session 1: Developments in Viability and Vigour testing

Lead Speaker

Germination and Dormancy, Biochemical tests for viability, New vigour testing methods, Field emergence, Imaging, Seed responses to biotic and abiotic stress.

Dr. Wanda Waterworth, Leeds University, UK

Quantifying Seed Vigour - A Mathematical Statistical Approach. Malavika Dadlani, India

Study of natural, artificial ageing and priming on seed of oilseed rape. Mohammad Khajeh-Hosseini, Iran

New technology for estimation of germination of cereal seeds. Thomas Borjesson, Sweden

RE and conductivity predict percentage normal seedlings. Stan Matthews, UK

Understanding the mechanism of differential seed vigour status and field establishment in sweet, dent, flint, waxy, QPM and popcorn genotypes under sub-optimum temperatures and its improvement through seed enhancement treatments. Sudipta Basu, India

Role of antioxidant enzymes in seed vigour in mustard. Sangita Yadav, India

Session 2: Ensuring seed quality for future generations

Lead Speaker

Genetic resources, Habitat restoration, Post-harvest handling, Long-term storage, Moisture content and Equilibrium relative humidity, Desiccation tolerance and recalcitrance, Seed longevity, Maintaining the seed quality of non-crop species.

Prof. Kingsley Dixon, Curtin University, Australia

Referencing the Global Information System for PGRFA. Fiona Hay, Denmark

First ever seed standards of Lasiurus sindicus for quality assurance. Vijay Dunna, India

Genetic markers in seed quality control in Serbia. Zorica Nikolić, Serbia

Screening of green gram genotypes against pre harvest sprouting resistance . Sambasiva Rao Palaparthi, India

Enhancing Germination and Vigour using Liquid Microbial Consortia . K. Raja, India

New approaches to provide a rapid assessment of germination in native species. Alison Powell, UK

Session 3: Ensuring seed health and implications of change for seed pathology

Lead Speaker

Epidemiology, Phytosanitary issues, New diseases, Novel disease testing methods, Seed treatments and control of disease, Biostimulation.

Prof. Ron Walcott, USA

Low-pressure plasma seed treatment in common bunt. Sebastian Bopper, Germany

Updating the list of seed-borne diseases. Nicolas Denancé, France

Seed transmission of soybean yellow mottle mosaic virus. Sandra Nagamani, India

Pinus Patula in SA: Effect of seed-borne mycoflora on germination, control and first report of Sydowia polyspora. Theresa Aveling, South Africa

Dityluz: Development of tools for detection of and viability of stem nematodes. Geoffrey Orgeur, France

Effect of biological seed treatments and storage containers on quality of onion seed. Sandeep Lal, India

Session 4: Seed production in a changing environment

Lead Speaker

Trust for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences.

Raj Paroda, India

Sunflower field establishment: germination and growth related to temp. Marie-Helene Wagner, France

Rice seed production in a changing climate. Duangporn Angsumalee, Thailand

Spermidine enhances heat tolerance in rice seeds. Jin Hu, China

Novel breeding methods and innovations for delivering quality seed and changing climates. Ashok Kumar, India

Cultivars and maternal environment on seed quality in V. sativa. Xiaowen Hu, China

Seed quality development in pepper grown in organic and conventional systems. Kutay Coskun Yildirim, Turkey

Session 5: New technology and novel methods for seed quality assessment

Lead Speaker

Biochemical and molecular techniques, Imaging and scanning technologies, Phenotyping, Genetics of seed quality, Variety identification, GM detection techniques, Automated methods..

Prof. Ulrich Schurr, Germany

Identification of morphologically similar seeds using computer vision. Ruojing Wang, Canada

Multispectal imaging in seed testing. Birte Boelt, Denmark

Multispectral imaging in sugar beet seed to determine germination. Kenan Genctuerk, Germany

Machine vision for establishing varietal distinctness. Monika Joshi, India

Image recognition technology on assissting paddy seed germination testing. I-Cheng Chen, Taiwan

Chlorophyll fluorescence as an indicator of quality and longevity in soybean. Irfan Afzal, Pakistan


18 January 2019 Authors informed whether papers have been accepted for oral or poster presentation. Authors of papers not accepted for oral presentation may be invited to present their work as a poster.
11 February 2019 Deadline for payment of registration fee by authors of accepted oral papers.If the presenter of an oral paper has not registered, the paper will be replaced in the programme
11 March 2019 Deadline for payment of registration fee by authors of accepted poster papers.If none of the poster authors has registered by this time, it will not be possible to present the poster and the abstract will not be published.


Authors of proposed papers are encouraged to explore possible sources of funding for their attendance at the symposium as early as possible. ISTA cannot offer any financial support to authors of papers. However, a letter of acceptance of a paper for presentation (subject to funding) can be provided to assist in funding applications from early January 2019.

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