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International Seed Testing Association

ISTA Workshop on Germination and Tetrazolium Seed Testing

Lincoln from the air 27Dec2005

The workshop aims to offer both theoretical and practical training for analysts in seed testing laboratories, enhancing their skills in performing Germination and Tetrazolium tests as part of their daily tasks.

Date 04.11.2024 - 08.11.2024
Location Kimihia Research Centre Laboratory, Lincoln,
Country New Zealand


Aim of the workshop

The workshop aims to offer both theoretical and practical training for analysts in seed testing laboratories, enhancing their skills in performing Germination and Tetrazolium tests as part of their daily tasks.

Workshop content

The workshop will focus on Germination and Tetrazolium testing across various crops, conducted in accordance with current ISTA Rules. Participants will learn the principles, methodologies, and practical applications of these tests, including hands-on sessions for setting up and analysing Germination tests and conducting Tetrazolium tests to assess seed viability. The training will also cover crop-specific challenges and compliance with ISTA standards, ensuring attendees are equipped to perform accurate and reliable seed testing in their laboratories.

Species included in the Workshop are: Allium cepa, Bromus catharticus, Coriandrum sativum, Helianthus annuus, Hordeum vulgare subsp. vulgare, Trifolium subterraneum, Zea mays.

The language will be English.

Preliminary Programme: Coming soon!

Workshop Organiser

Local Organiser: PGG Wrightson Seeds Ltd, Kimihia Research Centre Laboratory
Address: 742 Tancreds Road, Lincoln, New Zealand

Contact person: 
Caroline Mouton - Laboratory Manager
Phone: +64 27 214 2779

Lecturers Augusto Martinelli: Member of ISTA Germination Committee - Argentina
Sergio Pasquini: Chair of ISTA Tetrazolium Committee - Italy
Sponsors PGG Wrightson Seeds
Participation fee ISTA Members: 700 EUR
ISTA Non-Members: 1050 EUR

The participation fee includes all literature and supporting material for the workshop, lunches and coffee breaks, excursion, workshop dinner and transfer between the workshop venue and hotels (except airport transfer). It does not include accommodation or meals other than those specified.

The number of participants is for a minimum of 20 and restricted to a maximum of 30 participants.

If you would like to attend the workshop please fill in the registration form. An invoice will be sent to you, which has to be paid before the participation confirmation will be generated.

Registration deadline is September 30, 2024

Please note:
For cancellations made before September 30, 2024 registration fees are refundable minus a 50 Euro administration fee.
For cancellations made after September 30, 2024 registration fees are non-refundable.


Lincoln Motel

Single room: $155/night (breakfast excluded)
Double room for 2 people: $235.00/night (breakfast excluded)
Breakfast can be booked at an additional fee.

Transport service will be available daily from the motel to the workshop venue and back.

Address: 6 Maurice Street, Lincoln, New Zealand

For bookings please contact:


Bookings can be made directly with the motel or through a travel agent.
Please ensure that attendance to the workshop is mentioned, rooms have been placed on hold and will not be available online or at this price.

Silverstream Lodge
The Famous Grouse Hotel

Travel & Visa Information

According to the nationality of the registrant, some individuals may be required to apply for a visa or NZeTA prior to entering New Zealand. For more information, please visit this website:

If you require an invitation letter, or for any additional information, please contact:

Karen De La Rosa

The invitation letter will be issued by ISTA Secretariat only after payment of the registration fee.

Young@ISTA Programme

Participants eligible to apply for support to attend this workshop under the Young@ISTA programme should view the funding criteria and download the application form here: Young@ISTA - International Seed Testing Association

Applications for funding close on Sunday, September 1st, 2024

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