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For general information or if you wish to participate in one of the test rounds, please contact the ISTA Secretariat.

We are in need of contaminated seed lots of these species and pathogens. Any laboratories having contaminated seed lots available for these tests would be very welcome to contribute those seed lots for this purpose.  

Please contact the proficiency test subcommittee chairperson, Ms Valerie Grimault.

Ongoing round: ISTA Seed Health Proficiency Test fordetection of Ditylenchus dipsaci on Medicago sativa (alfalfa)

This proficiency test has two objectives: to verify the ability of laboratories to detect Ditylenchus dipsaci seed samples and an identification exercise of different nematodes. Accredited laboratories are required to participate if they hold a valid accreditation for the ISTA Method 7-031. Laboratories that are not accredited may participate as volunteers. These laboratories are encouraged to participate using their preferred method.  

If you wish to participate, please send an email to nadine.ettel@ista.ch latest by July 30, 2021. Please note that we only have a limited number of sample sets.  

The samples of Medicago sativa(method 7-031) will be ready for distribution October 18, 2021.   

Also, please note that when you confirm readiness to participate, you will be expected to report the results.  

Import permit /quarantine permit
Participants are requested to check with their customs which documents are needed to ensure the receipt of the seeds and to provide us with this details and documents. Laboratories needing an import/quarantine permit for this test round are kindly requested to obtain the permit before September, 30 2021. Samples will be sent only to those laboratories which confirm to the ISTA Secretariat that all preconditions for secure shipping are met.  

For obtaining an import permit, you might need the following data:  
Species: Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)
Pathogen : Ditylenchus dipsaci
Material : Number of bag : 12 bags (3 levels of contamination) + 6 tubes for identification
Quantity of seeds/bag : 100 grams
Untreated seeds = YES
Net weight (only seeds) = 1200 grams
Brut weight (with package) = 1650 grams
Origin country  of production: France  

If you have any questions regarding the provided information, please contact nadine.ettel@ista.ch.

Upcoming Seed Health Proficiency Test rounds:  

7-014 - Parastagonospora nodorum (scheduled for latest 2022)
7-022 - Microdochium nivale (scheduled for latest 2022)
7-029 - Pseudomonas syringae pv. pisi (scheduled for 2021)
7-031 - Ditylenchus dipsaci (scheduled for 2021)  

Details will be announced as soon as registration is possible. Laboratories accredited for Seed Health will be notified by email and others via newsletter.


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