An essential part of sustainable agriculture, the development of high quality seeds relies on the safe importation and propagation of materials from different regions of the world. Failure to ensure imported samples are safe can have disastrous impacts on the local environment.
In 2016, SGS opened Brazil's first accredited private seed quarantine facility in Piracicaba. This high-tech facility has now added 14 new entries to the list of species for which it can offer quarantine testing services.
The 14 new crop species are:
- Onions – Allium cepa
- Wax gourd – Benincasa hispida
- Signalgrass – Brachiaria spp
- Pigeon pea – Cajanus cajan
- Chickpea – Cicer arietinum
- Gourd – Lagenaria spp
- Lentils – Lens culinaris
- Luffa species
- Alfalfa – Medicago sativa
- Bitter gourd – Momordica charantia
- Tobacco – Nicotiana tabacum
- Radish – Raphanus sativus
- Castor bean – Ricinus communis
- Sweetleaf – Stevia rebaudiana
To ensure samples are safe, SGS's team of qualified experts perform pest diagnoses, including phytosanitary analysis, using analytical methods such as:
- Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
- Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)
Testing focuses on the identification of regulated and/or quarantined pests, including insects, nematodes, fungi, bacteria, viruses, weeds and other organisms. In addition, the facility can analyze seed viability by looking at seed vigor and germination behavior.
Following this expansion, SGS can now offer comprehensive quarantine testing on 61 species, representing all the main crops used in Brazil for food, feed, industrial and pharmaceutical processing. The full list of species can be seen in Table 1.
Table 1: List of species (scientific name)
|1||Abelmoschus esculentus||22||Cucurbita spp.||43||Nicotiana tabacum|
|2||Allium ampeloprasum||23||Cyperus iria||44||Oryza sativa|
|3||Allium cepa||24||Daucus carota||45||Panicum spp.|
|4||Allium spp.||25||Echinochloa spp.||46||Pennisetum glaucum|
|5||Apium graveolens||26||Eruca spp.||47||Petroselinum crispum|
|6||Arachis hypogaea||27||Eucalyptus spp.||48||Phaseolus vulgaris|
|7||Avena sativa||28||Euphorbia milii||49||Raphanus sativus|
|8||Benincasa hispida||29||Fimbristylis spp.||50||Ricinus communis|
|9||Beta vulgaris (others)||30||Glycine spp.||51||Saccharum spp.|
|10||Beta vulgaris (sugar beet)||31||Gossipium spp.||52||Sechium edule|
|11||Brachiaria spp.||32||Helianthus annus||53||Solanum lycopersicum|
|12||Brassica napus||33||Hordeum vulgare||54||Solanum melongena|
|13||Brassica oleracea||34||Ischaemum rugosum||55||Sorghum spp.|
|14||Brassica rapa||35||Lagenaria spp.||56||Spinacia oleracea|
|15||Cajanus cajan||36||Latuca sativa||57||Stevia rebaudiana|
|16||Capsicum annum||37||Lens culinaris||58||Triticosecale sp.|
|17||Cicer arietinum||38||Leptochloa mucronata||59||Triticum aestivum|
|18||Cichorium spp.||39||Leptochloa virgata||60||Vigna radiata|
|19||Citrullus lanatus||40||Luffa species||61||Zea mays|
|20||Cucumis melo||41||Medicago sativa|
|21||Cucumis sativus||42||Momordica charantia|
SGS's fully accredited testing facility in Piracicaba works alongside the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA), providing an independent testing service for MAPA certification.
Testing, analysis and certification for the agricultural sector
With over 140 years of experience operating in global markets, we are ideally positioned to help Brazil's agricultural sector achieve high quality results. Our testing, analysis and certification services are designed to ensure phytosanitary security for seeds, plants and other propagation materials as they are transported around the world. We are the first choice for agricultural businesses looking for safe, fast and accurate analysis of their agricultural products.
For further information, please contact:
Seed & Crop Manager - Brazil
m: +55 34 9 91928521
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