Moisture Committee        
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Chair Jette Nydam
Vice Laura Bowden
Member Susan Alvarez
Gerarda de Boer - Raatgever
Olfat H. El Bagoury
Axel Goeritz
Baymolo Goma
Céline Herbert
Robert Paul Karrfalt
Sergio Pasquini
Wen-Ju Yang
The moisture test is used during all steps in the seed production process. It is used to predict harvest time in the field, monitor drying of the seeds, during processing to prevent mechanical damage and during storage for longevity. The moisture test is used in research and for routine purposes, as well as for certification.
The work of the committee covers several fields. Improving and extending the moisture chapter in the ISTA rules. Aspects that moisture committee is currently looking at are extending the number of species that are covered, and improving the methodology for orthodox and non-orthodox seeds. In the past years some exciting new techniques for moisture testing have been developed. The moisture committee is investigating how these may fit in the ISTA Rules.
The committee organised it's first Moisture workshop in 2003 and since then several moisture workshops have been held, all as joint workshops with other ISTA committees. The Moisture committee will continue to organise workshops and welcomes requests for workshops. In addition the committee published the first ISTA Handbook on moisture determination in 2007. The Handbook will be updated as needed.
Membership of the committee or working groups is open to all who are interested. Especially welcome are people from other organisations that are involved in moisture testing, and people from other ISTA technical committees. In addition to participating in committee or working group activities a specific role for these people is to act as liaison between the moisture committee and the organisation or committee they represent. Committee members participate on a voluntary basis.

Updated 29.09.2011 (ne)


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