Forest Tree and Shrub Seed Committee        
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Chair Fabio Gorian
Vice Elisa Vieira
Member Lena Bezděčková
Valerie Blouin
Marija Gradecki-Postenjak
Robert Paul Karrfalt
Dave Kolotelo
Isolde Dorothea Kossmann Ferraz
Czeslaw Koziol
Stefanie Krämer
Beti Piotto
Hugh W. Pritchard
Heidi Røsok Bye
Dale Simpson
Edoardo Vincenti
Members of the FTS Committee deal with tree seed testing itself, but also with many other, related research activities, such as storage, presowing treatment (stratification) and seed-borne diseases.
Currently, the FTS members come mostly from Europe, USA, Canada and Malaysia. However, we are seeking to involve seed technologists and scientists from Africa, South America, Australia and New Zealand. In the southern hemisphere, and especially in the tropics, there are many tree species for which methods are needed for the evaluation of seed quality, for seed storage, for breaking dormancy and for maximising germination. The committee has only just started (2001-2004) to address such issues.
Activities of the FTS Committee are focused first of all on the development of test methods that can be introduced into the ISTA Rules and be applied to species used in international trade.
Some of the most important tasks are:

  • Generation of information that will contribute to a revision of current methods, and to the introduction of new methods and species into the ISTA Rules
  • Elaboration of procedures for proficiency testing of forest tree and shrub seeds
  • Organisation of workshops and meetings dealing exclusively with methods for quality evaluation of tree seeds
Updated 04.02.2009


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