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Gillian McLaren

Seed Testing/Quality Manager

Telephone Number
+44(0)131 244 8851

Email Address


Areas of expertise

  • All areas of seed quality testing
  • Method development germination, tetrazolium and vigour. 
  • Quality management

Representational Duties

  • ISTA Germination Committee
  • ISTA Vigour Committee
  • ISTA Proficiency Test Committee
  • British Association of Seed Analysts (BASA)


  • I joined SASA in 1992 as a Seed Analyst in the Official Seed testing Station for Scotland (OSTS) having trained as a Seed Analyst at SAI.  I have BSc. Life Sciences and have remained within OSTS having held the post of Senior Seed Analyst: Germination and Tetrazolium, followed by Seed Technologist and since 2009 Seed Testing Manager/Quality Manager.


Powell AA, Matthews S, Kerr L, McLaren G, Wagner MH.  2014.  Early counts of radicle emergence as a vigour test for oil seed rape. ISTA Method Validation Reports 2014. :42-50.
McLaren G, Cockerell V, Matthews S.  2010.  Early counts of physiological germination (radicle emergence) relate to percentage normal seedlings and field emergence in seed lots of oil seed rape. 29th ISTA Congress Cologne Seed Symposium Abstracts. :63.
Don R, McLaren G.  2005.  ISTA Tetrazolium Vigour Comparative Test. Seed Testing International, ISTA News Bulletin. (129, April 2005):41–43.
McLaren G, Don R.  2004.  The effect of glyphosate treatment on the germination potential of barley seed. Proceedings Crop Protection in Northern Britain 2004. :153–158.
McLaren G, Don R, Roberts AMI.  2004.  The performance of glyphosate affected barley seed. Proceedings Crop Protection in Northern Britain 2004 . :223–228.
McLaren G, Don R.  2002.  The performance of glyphosate-affected barley seed. Proceedings Crop Protection in Northern Britain 2002. :207-210.PDF icon The performance of glyphosate-affected barley seed.pdf (113.4 KB)

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