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ISTA Seed Symposium 2019 

The Seed Symposium of the 32nd ISTA Congress under the theme    

Seed technology and quality in a changing world   

To be held in Hyderabad, India, 26-28 June

The symposium will bring together seed analysts, technologists, researchers and managers from universities, research institutes, government and the seed trade to discuss all aspects of seed quality.  The symposium will provide a forum for the discussion of recent advances in seed science and technology as well as an opportunity for the exchange of ideas and information. Intending participants are invited to submit oral and poster papers under the above theme.  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.


Session 1: Developments in Viability and Vigour testing. Germination and Dormancy, Biochemical tests for viability, New vigour testing methods, Field emergence, Imaging, Seed responses to biotic and abiotic stress.
Session 2: Ensuring seed quality for future generations. Genetic resources, Habitat restoration, Post-harvest handling, Long-term storage, Moisture content and Equilibrium relative humidity, Desiccation tolerance and recalcitrance, Seed longevity, Maintaining the seed quality of non-crop species.   
Session 3: Ensuring seed health and implications of change for seed pathology. Epidemiology, Phytosanitary issues, New diseases, Novel disease testing methods, Seed treatments and control of disease, Biostimulation.  
Session 4: Seed production in a changing environment. The environment and seed quality, Organic seed production, Use of and control of GM material, Genetic and physical purity, New breeding technologies, Maternal effects, Epigenetics, Seed development and maturity, Infestation with pests, Wild Species. 
Session 5: New technology and novel methods for seed quality assessment. Biochemical and molecular techniques, Imaging and scanning technologies, Phenotyping, Genetics of seed quality, Variety identification, GM detection techniques, Automated methods.  

Submission of papers:
Offers of papers should be submitted online only in the form of an abstract in English, of 400 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.  

1 July 2018   Abstracts can be submitted online
1 November 2018 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. 
17 December 2018 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.
11 February 2019 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
11 March 2019 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.  
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 2019.

Registration fees:

ISTA   Congress full:  
ISTA Members  
-        early registration 650 USD
-        late registration 710 USD
Non Members  
-        early registration 950 USD
-        late registration 1040 USD
Seed Symposium incl. Discussion Forum (26 June -29 June half day)  
ISTA Members  
-      early registration 450 USD
-      late registration 500 USD
Non Members  
-      early registration 650 USD
-      late   registration 710 USD
Students (Seed   Symposium only, not incl. welcome reception, incl. official dinner) 175 USD
Accompanying Persons 250 USD


ISTA Seed Symposium 2019 Abstracts submission is open!

Latest issue of Seed Testing International Issue 156

STI 156 October 2018
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