ISTA Workshop on Vigour

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11.09.2012 - 13.09.2012


Nisku, Canada

The 20/20 Seed Labs in Nisku, Canada will host an ISTA workshop on Vigour.
The ISTA Vigour Committee and 20/20 Seed labs Inc invite you to a workshop on seed vigour testing, to be held in Nisku, Edmonton, Canada from 11th to 13th September, 2012. The workshop will be made up of lectures, interactive seminars and practical experience in vigour testing. It will also offer the opportunity for general discussion of seed vigour and time for participants to ask specific questions regarding vigour testing procedures.

Carey Matthiessen
20/20 Seed Labs Inc.

Alison Powell (Chair of ISTA Vigour Committee, University of Aberdeen, UK)
Stan Matthews (ISTA Vigour Committee, University of Aberdeen) 
Bob Elliott (ISTA Vigour Committee, AgriCanada)

Workshop content 
  • Introduction to seed vigour and its importance in crop production
  • Conductivity test for Pisum sativum, Phaseolus vulgaris, Glycine max
  • Controlled deterioration test for Brassica sp; application to other small seeded vegetables
  • Radicle emergence test: development and validation. Examples: maize, cotton, Brassica, pepper, cucurbits, general applicability
  • Accelerated ageing test for soyabeans
  • Seed vigour and seed treatments, with particular reference to canola (Brassica napus/ B.rapa / B juncea)
  • Physiological basis of seed vigour
  • Factors affecting seed vigour
  • Future developments in vigour testing
Practical work
All participants will complete the conductivity test, carry out stages in the radicle emergence and controlled deterioration tests and assess results from the controlled deterioration and radicle emergence tests.  

Question and answer sessions  
These will consider questions on all aspects of seed vigour and any vigour test.

The workshop will be hosted by 20/20 Seed Labs Inc. 20/20 Seed Labs Inc is located at Suite 201, 509 – 11 Ave,  Nisku, Alberta. 20/20 Seed Labs Inc is a private, independently owned seed testing laboratory, accredited by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for all grade tables of the Canada Seed Act. The company is ISO 9001: 2008 registered and is also the first private laboratory in Canada with ISTA certification. Our core business is testing seed for purity, germination, vigour and seed health. We have a seed health laboratory as well as a molecular diagnostics laboratory. We have been in business serving Canadian and international clients since 1989. Find out more about 20/20 Seeds Labs: http://www.2020seedlabs.ca/  

20/20 Seed labs is located just outside Edmonton, Alberta. Edmonton is the capital city of Alberta and home to a diverse cultural and economic climate. Find out more information about Edmonton at: http://www.edmonton.ca/

Accommodation will be available at the Varscona Hotel on Whyte. The Varscona Hotel is located in the heart of Whyte Avenue, a trendy, central location for some of Edmonton’s premier restaurants, entertainment, and local businesses. The cost of a hotel room per night is $130, which includes breakfast. Participants should to book reservations themselves, booking under the group “2020seedlabs” to receive the group rate. Please follow this link for booking information: http://www.varscona.com/reservations or call the hotel at +1-866-465-8150.

Travel to and from Nisku
The nearest airport is Edmonton International Airport. Participants will find transportation from the airport to the hotel by taxi or shuttle bus. A shuttle bus, called The Sky Shuttle is used frequently for travellers to reach city hotels at the cost of $18.  The cost of a taxi is approximately $60. This cost should be paid personally by the participants.


There will be a minimum number of participants required for this workshop to take place, with a maximum number of 20.  

Registration fee for ISTA members     500 Canadian Dollars
Registration fee for non-members      750 Canadian Dollars  

The registration fee includes participation in the workshop and all supporting literature, coffee and tea breaks, lunches, workshop dinner.  
If you are interested in attending this workshop please complete and return the below preliminary registration form.  

Deadline for registration: 29 June 2012


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