This letter contains details of fees for seed certification and related training courses which will be effective in Scotland from 1 January 2012. It also contains a reference to the seed testing fees that will be charged by the OSTS for Scotland from 1 January 2012.
This letter contains information on new Scottish Government procedures to monitor seed samplers, information on variety substitution in a mixture, species combinations allowed in mixtures, and an update on contact information for the seed certification label contract together with a copy of the order form to be used.
All other seed samples submitted for testing should be representative of the lot or bulk from which they are taken or the test result will not relate to the quality of the whole lot or bulk. To take a representative sample, select a number of small samples from several bags, or from different parts of the bulk. If it is a very large bulk then it is better to sub-divide in to smaller lots and take a representative sample from each lot. Do not keep seed samples in warm or damp conditions prior to testing.
SASA is the Certifying Authority for seed produced in Scotland. Prior to certification, seed of most crop species must be officially tested to ensure that certain minimum standards are met. In the UK these standards are defined in Seeds Regulations. In Scotland there are five sets of Seeds Regulations covering Cereal, Fodder, Oil & Fibre, Vegetable and Beet seeds.
Mazor, L., D. M. Kenyon, M. Taylor, N. Leist, and W. Wen-Shi. "Laboratory seed tests of Calendula." In ISTA Handbook on flower seed testing. Zurich, Switzerland: International Seed Testing Association, 2008.
Common names of crop and "other seed" species found in Scotland
Since the beginning of time man has assigned names to the organisms in their environment. Communication of these names among people from different regions in the world has proven to be very confusing considering all the language and cultural differences involved. Even communicating from one region to another within one country can be difficult. For this reason, scientists have agreed upon a system for naming organisms that is based primarily on Latin.