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Contact: Susan V. Fisk, Public Relations Director, 608-273-8091, sfisk@sciencesocieties.org

Seed quality topic of symposium

Good soil, water and environmental factors cannot overcome poor seed quality

September 6, 2016— The use of high quality seeds is the cornerstone of increasing agriculture production to provide enough food for the rising number of people in the world, according to crop scientist Sabry Elias, Oregon State University.

The “Seed Production and Field Performance in Relation to Seed Quality” symposium planned at the Resilience Emerging from Scarcity and Abundance ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ, will address this important topic. The symposium will be held Monday, November 7, 2016 at 1:30PM. The meeting is sponsored by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America.

The symposium will focus on providing various physiological and agronomic aspects for the relationship between seed production, field performance and seed quality, using various crops species. The workshop will emphasize the importance of using high quality seeds for increasing agriculture production. 

“As a Chair of the C-4 Division ‘Seed Physiology, Production and Technology’ within CSSA, I believe  that we are not doing enough, worldwide, to make farmers aware that no matter how good the soil, water, and environmental factors are, without using high quality seeds, the yield and the quality of the seeds will be significantly affected,” says Elias.

Riad Baakbaki will present examples of investigations at the CDFA-Plant Pest Diagnostics Branch on several seed lots of different crops, relating quality to possible production factors. Baakbaki will also present possible tests that can be used. “At the present time, poor seed quality cannot, in most cases, be related to specific production factors through seed testing unless specific events during the production process are known and documented. We will explore the possibility of developing such tests.”

Plant growth regulators of forage grass and legumes will be discussed by Thomas Chastain, Oregon State. “Plant growth regulators are important seed production tools because they aid the grower in overcoming biological and economic inefficiencies and result in increased seed yield and profitability without affecting seed quality.”

For more information about the Resilience Emerging from Scarcity and Abundance 2016 meeting, visit https://www.acsmeetings.org/. Media are invited to attend the conference. Pre-registration by Oct. 26, 2016 is required. Visit https://www.acsmeetings.org/media for registration information. For information about the “Seed Production and Field Performance in Relation to Seed Quality” symposium, visit  https://scisoc.confex.com/scisoc/2016am/webprogram/Session16213.html.

To speak with one of the scientists, contact Susan V. Fisk, 608-273-8091, sfisk@sciencesocieties.org  to arrange an interview.

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