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International Seed Testing Association

ISTA Workshop on Sampling, Purity and Germination

Workshop Hyderabad

The Telangana State Seed and Organic Certification Authority is looking forward to hosting you at the workshop on seed sampling, purity, and germination to be held in Hyderabad, India in November 2022. The workshop will include lectures, practical exercises, and group work. The workshop is supported by the Government of Telangana and the Indo-German Project.

Date 21.11.2022 - 25.11.2022
Location Hyderabad
Country India


Aim of the workshop: 

The aim of the workshop is to provide an overview of seed sampling, as well as purity and germination analysis of a range of species, but also to provide a forum where questions relating to seed sampling and testing methodologies can be discussed. 

Workshop content: 

The workshop will be taught through formal lectures, practical work and a series of exercises where participants will form into groups to work on. Topics included in the workshop are 

  • Introduction to seed sampling methods (lectures) 

  • Principles behind seed sampling, sealing bags and labelling (lectures) 

  • Sampling containers, bags, boxes, and dividing samples (practicals) 

  • Dividing samples and validation of dividers (lectures and practicals) 

  • Principles of purity and other seed determination (lectures)  

  • Introduction of PSD 4, 10, 11, 12, 38, 40, and 42 - practical’s on Cajanus cajan,  Glycine max, Gossypium, Helianthus, Solanum/Capsicum, Sorghum, Triticum,  Oryza sativa,  Vigna radiata/Vigna mungo, and Zea mays. 

  • Use of equipment and preparation of the working sample for purity analysis                 

  • Purpose and principles of the germination test 

  • Introduction and practicals on Cajanus cajan, Cicer, Glycine max, Gossypium, Helianthus, Solanum/Capsicum, Sorghum, Triticum, Oryza sativa,  Vigna radiata/Vigna mungo, and Zea mays. 

  • Calculations, tolerances and reporting of the germination results 

Workshop Organiser 

Dr. Keshavulu Kunusoth
Telangana State Seed and Organic Certification Authority  
Government of Telangana 
1st Floor, HACA Bhavan 
Opp: Public Gardens 
Hyderabad 500 004 
Phone: +91 9849 402 488 
Fax: +91 40 2323 2577


Eddie Goldschagg Former Chair, BSC 
Gerry Hall BSC Member  
Sylvie Ducournau ECOM/Former Chair, GER 
Sue Cousins PUR Member 

Preliminary Programme:  

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

  • Monday, 21 November 2022: Opening, ISTA Overview and Sampling Lectures 

  • Tuesday, 22 November 2022: Sampling practicals 

  • Wednesday, 23 November 2022: Purity presentations/practicals  

  • Morning Thursday, 24 November 2022: Purity presentations/practicals 

  • Afternoon Thursday, 24 November 2022: Germination presentations/practicals 

  • Friday, 25 November 2022: Germination presentations/practicals, closure 

Participation Fee: 

ISTA Members 550 USD                              
ISTA non-Members 825 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 25 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. 
You can pay by credit card upon individual request to the ISTA Secretariat

The registration and payment deadline is September 10, 2022. 

Please note:  
For cancellations made before August 30, 2022 registration fees are refundable less the USD 50.00 administration fee.   
For cancellations made after August 30, 2022 registration fees are non-refundable. 


The Park 
22, Raj Bhavan Road, Raj Bhavan,  
Somajiguda, Hyderabad, Telangana 500082 

A shuttle bus will be provided from the Park Hotel to the workshop venues. 

How to reserve:   

By phone or email                                  Guests may contact the hotel directly by calling + 91 40 2345 6789 or by email to Keshavulu Kunusoth to book their reservations and then quote "Telangana State Seed and Organic Certification Authority" to ensure this special group rate.    

Guests may book directly online by going to the hotel website at -and clicking on "Reservations", and then imputing the following code: ISTA

Payment Guests will be required to provide a valid credit card upon booking to guarantee their reservation and will be responsible for payment of their own room, taxes and incidentals.    

Travel & Visa Information: 

You may need a VISA and a Letter of Invitation for entry into India. If your country qualifies, it is much easier to apply for an e-Visa, in this case, you do not need an invitation letter. Please refer to this website for more information.


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