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ARO (ILDL01) Agricultural Research Organization - Volcani Center
The Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), the research arm of the Israel Ministry of Agriculture. ARO is responsible for planning, organizing and implementing the greater part of Israel's agricultural research effort. ARO is concerned with the solving of current problems in agricultural production, with the introduction of new products, processes and equipment, and with research investigations on which Israel's future agricultural effort will be based. The Israel Official Seed Testing Laboratory is part of the Agricultural Research Organization and its major function is to test, ensure and promote seed quality. 
CFIA (CADL04) Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Biologists and analysts in the CFIA's two seed laboratories provide scientific advice and analytical testing for seed germination, viability, mechanical purity, varietal purity, seed borne diseases and for the seeds of weeds of quarantine significance. The service is provided to the Agency's seed monitoring and enforcement program and for the issuance of International Seed Lot Certificates for seed exports by the seed industry. CFIA's seed laboratories provide technical audit and proficiency testing services to the Canadian Seed Institute for the accreditation of private seed testing laboratories. They also provide training and certification for CFIA analysts and inspectors, and (in conjunction with the Commercial Seed Analysts Association of Canada ) for private sector seed analysts and graders.
DLO (NLDL01) DLO_NL Netherlands organization for agricultural research
Wageningen UR, short for Wageningen University and Research Centre, is a unique alliance between a university and market-oriented research institutes. Wageningen UR is a knowledge centre that combines fundamental and applied research with innovative education in the areas of food, agrotechnology, production systems, nature and the environment. About 6000 professionals are committed to the translation of technological knowledge into study programmes and practical applications. The research and education activities of Wageningen UR focus on ensuring reliable supplies of safe, high-quality food while maintaining the biodiversity of natural habitats and conserving natural resources.
GEVES (FRDL02) French Variety and Seed Study Group
GEVES is an official French organisation for variety evaluation and seed testing. It is recognised both nationally and internationally for its in-depth and innovative expertise across all cultivated plant species.
INRA (FRDL01) Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique
The Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique was set up in 1946 and became a national public scientific and technological establishment in 1984, under the joint authority of the Ministries of Research and Agriculture. INRA has a threefold mission to: guarantee consumers high-quality food, ensure that agricultural and agro-food companies are competitive contribute to integrated land development and sustainable management of natural resources. 
LaRAS (ITDL01) Seed Research and Testing Laboratory
The Laboratory was estabilished in 1907 by Francesco Todaro, Professor of Agriculture at the Royal High Agricultural Scool, University of Bologna. Beginning as a seed testing laboratory with the purpose of protecting and promoting quality seed production, national and international seed trade, and seed growers and users , it soon distinguished itself at a national (official recognition by the Ministry of Agriculture) and international (accreditation to ISTA and authorisation to issue ISTA Certificates) levels. Besides the seed testing and control activity, the LaRAS has always carried out also teaching activity hosting training exercises for students, students for graduation thesis, etc., as well as an intensive research activity in the field of seed science and technology, becoming a desired research site for Italian and foreign students. 
SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, SGS tests more than 400 species including sunflowers, vegetables, corn, soybeans, alfalfa, canola, sorghum, cereals, grasses, natives, and flowers. With cutting edge technology and the latest testing methods, our experts conduct analyses for purity, OSD, germination, TZ, moisture, vigour, herbicide tolerance, and GMO, and offer sampler training programs to certify approved ISTA samplers. Certified to ISO 9001 and accredited to ISTA and ISO 17025, the laboratory has the equipment and experience to meet a variety of seed testing needs.
NSL (USDL03) National Seed Laboratory
The National Seed Laboratory measures seed quality with the following tests: germination, purity, moisture content, and seed per pound. Rapid estimates of viability are made by using chemical stains, embryo excision and x-rays. All tests for domestic use are performed according to the rules of the Association of Official Seed Analysts (AOSA). As members of AOSA and ISTA, the laboratory's specialists develop the official seed testing criteria and procedures for U.S. native tree and shrub species.
NCSS (JPDL01) National Center for Seeds and Seedlings
The Center for Seeds and Seedlings, NARO (NCSS) aims to operate variety registration system and inspection system of seeds and seedlings based on the Plant Variety Protection and Seed Act, and produces foundation seeds and seedlings of potato and sugarcane.
NIAB (GBDL01) National Institute of Agricultural Botany
NIAB, with Headquarters in Cambridge UK, was founded in 1919 and is an independent body. Specialising in agriculture, horticulture and food, NIAB supplies consultancy, training, information, contract research and technical services to governments, supra-governmental agencies, agribusiness and farmers.
NZNSL (NZDL01) AssureQuality
The AssureQuality Laboratory is a fully accredited member of the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA). They operate in close conjunction with the AgriQuality New Zealand Seed Certification Bureau and other AgriQuality New Zealand Ltd offices throughout seed producing areas of New Zealand.
SARDI (AUDL01) South Australian Research and Development Institute
SA Seedlab is the official South Australian Seed Testing Station and an accredited member of the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA). All species of seed can be analysed.
SASA (GBDL04) Science & Advice for Scottish Agriculture
The Station at Gogarbank Farm has been involved in seed testing and plant registration since 1925 when it supported the official Board of Agriculture. In 1992, SASA became a government executive agency and is part of the Scottish Executive Rural Affairs Department (SERAD). 
Naktuinbouw (NLDL02) Naktuinbouw
Naktuinbouw, the Netherlands Inspection Service for Horticulture, monitors and promotes the quality of products, processes and chains relating to the production of propagating material for the horticultural sector, national and international. Beside this Naktuinbouw offers a wide range of services for the floricultural, arboricultural and vegetable sectors.
IRL DAFF (IEDL01) Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Seed Testing Station
The Official Seed Testing Station (O.S.T.S.) of the Department of Agriculture and Food employs trained and highly experienced analysts.  Only tests conducted at O.S.T.S. are recognised for Official purposes, although there are a number of seed firms, private laboratories and other private or public companies with seed testing facilities for their own use. 
AFBI OSTS (GBDL03) Northern Ireland Official Seed Testing Station
The Northern Ireland Official Seed Testing Station located at Crossnacreevy 15 responsible for conducting tests on seeds to determine purity, germination and freedom from weed seeds to satisfy UK and European Union statutory regulations. Testing methods are those agreed internationally through ISTA.
NAK (NLDL03) Nederlandse Algemene Keuringsdienst voor zaaizaad en pootgoed van landbouwgewassen
Inspection of seed and seed potatoes is a task governed by law which has been assigned to the Dutch General Inspection Service for Agricultural seed and seed potatoes (NAK) by the Minister of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries. NAK is an independent foundation run by a Board of representatives of breeders, growers and traders. The rules governing inspections are laid down by the 'standing committees' on cereals, fodder crops and seed potatoes. Like the Board, members of the committees are representatives of the industry. This produces a broad basis for the inspections carried out: the producers feel closely involved in 'their own' NAK. It is this construction, whereby the agricultural industry formulates its own requirements, naturally against the background of national and international legislation, which places the Netherlands in an unique position. The quality requirements laid down by NAK can bear comparison with the strictest requirements of any other country.
KenyaSeed (KEML02) Kenya Seed Company
The Kenya seed Company is the the leading producer and supplier of top quality certified agricultural seeds in the East and Central African region. We supply Maize, Wheat, Barley, Sunflower, Pasture, Sorghum, Beans, Finger millet and various horticultural crops.


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