INSIDERS Virtual Lab Tour Part 2: An Inside Look at a Key Seed...

Virtual Lab Tour Part 2: An Inside Look at a Key Seed Test


Sarah Foster
Sarah Foster
President and Senior Seed Analyst, 20/20 Seed Labs - Sarah Foster is a registered seed technologist, senior seed analyst and president of 20/20 Seed Labs — a company she started in 1989 that provides testing services for all crop kinds, including extensive quality and seed health analysis, molecular testing and accredited crop inspection. Involved in the seed industry since the late 1970s, Foster studied and qualified as an accredited seed analyst at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany in Cambridge, England. Her work experience includes seven years with Sharps Seed International (Advanta) in the United Kingdom, and five years with the United Grain Growers in Edmonton after immigrating to Canada in 1984.

It’s the basic yet most fundamental test that is conducted under optimum conditions. A germination test gives you the number of seedlings that are normal out of 200 seeds and are capable of germinating under good-to-ideal field conditions.

Germination will tell you if diseases and other factors that affect quality are present.

I thought the best way to illustrate how this test is conducted was to show you up-close-and-personal! We continue our virtual tour of how an ISTA-accredited lab functions. Go here for Part 1.