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SGS’s seed testing labs develop and expertly perform a wide range of investigations – including a standard germination test – designed to accurately analyze your seeds and make your business more competitive.

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Our germination testing program is conducted in accordance with industry standards, including those published by the Association of Official Seed Analysts (AOSA). Many of our seed germination tests also evaluate seedlings in accordance with the rules of the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) and its orange and blue certification (which relate to the requirements of the importing country/company). We also use the Canadian germination method.

Crop Sample supplied Sample tested Methods/ Certificate Additional comments
Canola 25g 400 seeds AOSA, Canadian, ISTA Orange and Blue None
Corn 250g 400 seeds AOSA, Canadian, ISTA Orange and Blue Two analysts evaluate each sample, identify all fungal species and report abnormal seedlings.
Cotton 250g 400 seeds AOSA, Canadian, ISTA Orange and Blue None
Native grass 100g 400 seeds AOSA, Canadian, ISTA Orange and Blue When we see low germination, we check seed viability using the tetrazolium test. We also identify fungal species and abnormalities to determine the cause for lower viability.
Rice 250g 400 seeds AOSA, Canadian, ISTA Orange and Blue None
Sorghum 250g 400 seeds AOSA, Canadian, ISTA Orange and Blue None
Soybean 250g 400 seeds AOSA, Canadian, ISTA Orange and Blue Two analysts evaluate each sample, identify all fungal species and report abnormal seedlings.
Vegetable/ dry beans 1000 seeds 400 seeds AOSA, Canadian, ISTA Orange and Blue When we see low germination, we check seed viability using the tetrazolium test. We also identify fungal species and abnormalities to determine the cause for lower viability.

Get in touch with SGS now to discover how our standard germination test, and other testing services, can accurately analyze seed quality and maximize the value of your resources.