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ISTA Seed Symposium 2022
Christchurch, New Zealand, 04-06 May.

This is an announcement of the Seed Symposium of the 33rd ISTA Congress under the theme:

Quality Seed for Sustainable Agriculture

Seed quality, health and identity are of paramount importance for the global economy and the environment.
To discuss all aspects of seed quality, the symposium brings together seed analysts, technologists, researchers and managers from universities, research institutes, government and the seed trade. It provides a forum for discussion of the latest advances in seed science and technology, as well as an opportunity to exchange ideas and information.

The research reported in offered papers can cover both the scientific basis of aspects of seed quality and its technological application in seed testing.
In all sessions we welcome papers on established and novel seed testing methods, and on tropical and temperate crop species, wild species, flowers, trees and shrubs, including species with potential for use in plant breeding and in habitat regeneration.

Intending participants are invited to submit oral and poster papers under the above theme.

The award will  be given to the best speaker and the best poster.

Symposium Convenor: Dr. Nagel, IPK Gatersleben, Germany.

Session Topics:

1. Seed microbial interactions
Microbial activities occur in, on and around the seeds and have profound effects on plant ecology, health and productivity.
The session will cover all aspects of interactions between microorganisms and seeds, which include also seed endophytes and rhizobia.

Lead Speaker:
Ms. Birgit Mitter (Austria)

2. New Technologies
Novel technologies are of growing importance to improve and accelerate seed quality assessment and enhance food security.
This session focus on new technologies used for seed characterization, evaluation of germination and seedling emergence, seed health improvement and captures non-invasive phenotyping technologies, seed coatings and treatments.

Lead Speaker:
Dr. Kioumars Ghamkhar (New Zealand)
Margot Forde Forage Germplasm Centre

3. Heirloom and wild species for sustainability
Conservation and propagation of seeds of wild species and old landraces is essential for restoration programs, crop improvement and establishment of new crops.
This session will address aspects of landscape restoration and activities to mobilize crop biodiversity.

Lead Speaker:
Prof. Fatima C. M. Piña-Rodrigues (Brazil)
Atlantic Forest Seed Network

4. Biosecurity challenges 
Biological risks management and assessment is fundamental to preventing the introduction of plant pests and diseases, the safe management of invasive alien species and genotypes and ultimately food security and the conservation of biodiversity.
This session includes all aspects of biosecurity related to seed and seed health.

Lead Speaker:

5. Molecular understanding of seed dormancy and deterioration
Seed germination and field establishment can be compromised by dormant or deteriorated seeds.
Knowledge of seed intrinsic nature and physiology will support the development of approaches to maintain, improve and assess final seed quality.
This sessions will cover basic research related to molecular mechanisms of seed dormancy, seed desiccation tolerance and seed deterioration. 

Lead Speaker:
Dr. Julia Buitink (France)
French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment, INRA
Designated president of the ISSS

6. Biomolecular techniques for species and varietal assessment
Assessing species and varieties genetic characteristics and determining seed authenticity is important for seed quality control.
This session covers basic research and studies on the use of genetics and genome technologies to improve the genetic purity assessment and, in general, to make new tools available for the evaluation of seed genetic quality.

Lead Speaker:
Ass. Prof. Kae-Kang Hwu (TW-Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu)
National Taiwan University 

Submission of papers: Offers of papers should be submitted online only in the form of an abstract in English, of 300 words maximum.
Papers will be presented orally and in poster form, both forms having equal status.
Papers will be selected for presentation by the symposium convenor and a scientific committee.
As the number of oral presentations will be limited by time constraints, oral presentation of your paper may not be possible and you may be asked to present your paper as a poster.

Submit your papers here: Abstracts Submission.

Funding: 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 2022.

Abstracts submission time plan:
1 May 2021                  Abstracts can be submitted online.

1 October 2021           Deadline for submission of all papers.  Authors of papers considered for oral presentation will be contacted for further information on experimental results, additional to the abstract.  

December 2021          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.

13 February 2022        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.

13 March 2022            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.


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