ISTA Workshop on Germination, Viability and Vigour Tests - POSTPONED

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25.03.2020 - 27.03.2020


Bornova - Izmir, Turkey

Due to the rapidly evolving situation and increasingly rising concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus, this Workshop has been postponed.

We will provide an update with the new dates as soon as possible.

Our sympathies are with those affected during this difficult time.

Workshop Organizer

ISTA Secretariat
Zürichstrasse 50
8303 Bassersdorf
Contact email: andreea.militaru@ista.ch 

Local Organizer:

Ege University
Application and Research Center for Seed Technology
Bornova, Izmir
Dr. Hulya Ilbi
E-Mail: hulyailbi@gmail.com, hulya.ilbi@ege.edu.tr 
Phone:+90 (232) 339 43 04


Gillian Musgrove - Chair of ISTA Germination Committee and Member of ISTA Vigour Committee
Stefanie Krämer - Chair of ISTA Tetrazolium Committee
Dr. Hulya Ilbi - Vice-Chair of ISTA Vigour Commitee

Aim of the workshop:

The workshop aims to provide an overview of the Germination, Viability and Vigour Tests in vegetable and field crop species by explaining the basis of the tests and the methodology for testing and evaluation.


Ege University
Application and Research Center for Seed Technology
Faculty of Agriculture
B Block, Ground Floor,
Bornova, Izmir

Preliminary Programme:

The workshop will consist of theoretical and practical parts which will be focused on:

- Tetrazolium Tests and Germination Tests for lettuce, cucumber, tomato, pea, maize, wheat
- Vigour Tests: Radicle emergence test for maize, Electrical conductivity test for pea

Tetrazolium Test

- the basics of tetrazolium testing
- preparation of the seed sample for cucumber, tomato, pea, maize, wheat and lettuce
- staining and evaluation of the seeds

Germination Test

- the basics of germination testing
- the methods for germination test
- evaluation of the germination test for cucumber, tomato, pea, maize, wheat and lettuce

Vigour Test

- the basics of seed vigour: what it is, the outcome of differences in vigour, what causes vigour differences, the different types of vigour tests
- Radicle emergence test for maize
- Electrical conductivity test for pea

Participation Fee:   

The number of participants is for a minimum of 15 and restricted to a maximum of 20 participants.

ISTA Members: 500 EUR
ISTA Non-Members: 750 EUR 

The participation fee includes all literature and supporting material for the workshop, lunches and coffee breaks, excursion, workshop dinner and transfer between the workshop venue and hotels (except airport transfer).
It does not include accommodation or meals other than those specified.

Registration deadline: 15 February 2020
Payment deadline: 10 days from the date invoice is issued

For cancellations made after 15 February 2020 registration fees are non-refundable.
Payment by credit card (MasterCard and Visa) is possible upon request to the ISTA Secretariat.

If you would like to attend the workshop please fill in the registration form. An invoice will be sent to you, which has to be paid before the participation confirmation will be generated. Please indicate any dietary requirements during registration. 

Travel & Visa information:

For Visa Information please consult “Embassy of Turkey” in your country of residence.
If you require invitation letter, or for any additional information, please contact: 

Andreea-Nicoleta Militaru
Email: andreea.militaru@ista.ch
Direct phone: +41 44 838 68 33

Invitation Letter will be issued by ISTA Secretariat only after payment of Registration Fee.

Suggested Accommodation:

(in the University Campus, a 10 minutes walk from the workshop venue)

Address: Erzene, Ege University Campus, 35000 Bornova, İzmir
Phone: +90 (232) 373 48 62 

Important: please make sure that you select ANEMON EGE from the drop-down list of hotels, when booking through the website.
Participants are asked to book accommodation directly with the hotels.

About Izmir:

Located in the west of Turkey and on the Aegean shores, Izmir, the pearl of the Aegean, is the third largest city in Turkey. With its 8.500 year history, fertile land, favorable climate, 629 km coastline, 300 sunny days a year, a sea that offers every shade of blue and the heritage left behind by the 32 civilizations it has been a home to, Izmir offers visitors many options for a unique holiday experience. Izmir owes its position as an economically and socially dynamic city to its location, climate and the fact that it has been a home to many different cultures and religions. Persians, Ancient Greeks, Assyrians, Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans are just a few of the dozens of different civilizations that the city has hosted throughout its long history.

The fact that almost half of its population of 4 million are under the age of 30, makes İzmir a city full of life. The city hosts tens of thousands of university students, educates scientists, artists, business leaders and academics. With its perfect climate, İzmir has a wonderful natural environment for agricultural products such as olives, figs, grapes and cotton. Various sea food, wines, local herbs, olive oil and the delicious cuisine make İzmir an attractive city also for gourmets.  

About Ege University:

Ege University, the fourth founded university of Turkey, is established in accordance with the law No. 6595 issued on May 20th,1955 and began its educational life on November 5th, 1955. The first two faculties of Ege University, the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Agriculture, were founded in 1955.
The School of Nursing was also established within the same academic year. Ege University, having completed its entire establishment in a span of 20 years, added new faculties, institutions, and schools to its academic units in different dates.

By the year 2019, Ege University included 17 Faculties, 9 Institutes, 4 Graduate Schools, 1 State Conservatory of Turkish Music, 10 Vocational Schools, 6 Rectorate Units, 37 Application and Research Centers. In 2017-2018, Ege University hosted a total number of 65.587 students, 55,875 of which were undergraduate and associate degree students, and 9,712 postgraduate students. The university has 3156 academic staff and 6347 administrative staff.


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