Collaboration between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA)
June 22, 2012
A Memorandum of Collaboration has been signed between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG, Kew) and the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) which will enhance the commitment of these non-profit making organisations to the maintenance and improvement of seed quality for research, agricultural and forestry use and for restoration and re-introduction.
The focus of RBG, Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank Partnership (MSBP) and its global network is the long term conservation and use of seeds of wild plants, crop relatives and forestry species. Within this framework, evaluation and maintenance of seed quality is essential. ISTA members are committed to developing and establishing standard methods for sampling seeds and testing seed quality, accrediting seed testing laboratories and promoting research in all aspects of seed science and technology.
Close relationships between the two organisations have existed for a number of years, through participation of Kew staff members on ISTA technical committees, presentations from Kew staff at ISTA seed symposia and contributions of ISTA members to Kew research programmes. The signing of this Memorandum of Collaboration will encourage greater communication, exchange of information and collaboration between RBG Kew and its international partners with ISTA member laboratories. There will be particular interest in wild plant species not currently in the ISTA Rules including crop relatives and forestry species which will contribute to the maintenance of food security and plant diversity in the future.
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Published: June 22, 2012
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