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International Seed Testing Association

ISTA Workshop on Germination

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ISTA and Seed Control and Certification Institute, Ministry of Agriculture, Zambia, is looking forward to hosting you at the Workshop on Germination to be held in Chilanga, Zambia in April 2023.

The workshop will include lectures, practical exercises, and group work.

Date 17.04.2023 - 20.04.2023
Location Chilanga
Country Zambia


Aim of the workshop: 

The aim of the workshop is to provide an overview of Germination analysis content of a range of species, but also to provide a forum where questions relating to testing methodologies can be discussed.

Workshop content: 

The workshop will be presented by means of formal lectures, practical work and a series of exercises where participants will form into groups to work on.

Topics included in the workshop are:

  • Purpose and principles of the germination test.
  • Introduction and practicals on Allium cepa, Arachis hypogaea, Eleusine coracana, Glycine max, Helianthus annuus, Oryza sativa, Phaseolus vulgaris, Solanum lycopersicum, Triticum aestivum subsp. aestivum, Zea mays
  • Calculations, tolerances, and reporting of the germination results.

Workshop Organiser

ISTA Secretariat     Andreea-Nicoleta Militaru

Local Organiser

Ministry of Agriculture   

Seed Control and Certification Institute                                                      

Evans Tembo
Phone: +26 097 944 53 53



Augusto Martinelli ISTA Germination Committee Member
Melissa Phillips ISTA Germination Committee Member

Preliminary Programme:  

A preliminary programme will be posted soon. The layout of the Workshop will be as follows: 

  • Monday, 17 April 2023: Opening, ISTA Overview, Helianthus introduction and practical.

  • Tuesday, 18 April 2023: Allium and Solanum introduction and practicals, excursion and workshop dinner.

  • Wednesday, 19 April 2023: Arachis, Glycine, Phaseolus, Zea, and Oryza introduction and practicals.

  • Thursday, 20 April 2023: Triticum and Eleusine introduction and practicals.


Participation Fee: 

ISTA Members 400 USD                              
ISTA Non-Members 600 USD

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 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. In case you select payment by invoice the invoice will be sent to you, which has to be paid before the participation confirmation will be generated. 

Registration and payment deadline is 20 March 2023

Please note:  
For cancellations made before 20 March 2023 registration fees are refundable less the USD 50.00 administration fee.   
For cancellations made after 20 March 2023 registration fees are non-refundable. 

Recommended accommodation: 

Twangale Park

Plot PP, Mukwa Drive Lilayi, Lusaka, Zambia

M: +260 962 489 097

T: +260 211 274 369/368/370

Online: guests may book directly with the hotel and will be responsible for payment of their own room, taxes and incidentals.

Note: A shuttle bus will be provided from the Twangale Park Hotel to the workshop venue

Travel & Visa Information: 

You may need a VISA and a Letter of Invitation for entry into Zambia. For more information:


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

Andreea-Nicoleta Militaru

Invitation Letter will be issued by ISTA Secretariat only after payment of the Registration Fee.

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