Seed Samplers

Seed Certificaton Letter EC 138

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.

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Submitting Seed Samples

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.

Seed Certification

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.

Seed Certification Letter 137

Information on recent legislative changes: The introduction of The Beet Seed (Scotland) (No. 2) Regulations 2010, SSI 2010 No 148; The Seed (Scotland) Miscellaneous Amendment Regulations 2010 SSI 2010 No. 219 and The Fodder Plant Seed (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 No.330.

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Seed Certification Letter 117

Information about changes to the seeds marketing regulations for Scotland.
This letter contains guidance about new procedures and changes to procedures introduced from the 1 July 2005 as a result of the introduction of new Scottish legislation.

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The performance of glyphosate-affected barley seed

McLaren, G., and R. Don. "The performance of glyphosate-affected barley seed." In Proceedings Crop Protection in Northern Britain 2002, 207-210. Dundee, 2002.

Common Crop Names

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.


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