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SGS's state-of-the-art facility in Piracicaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil, has expanded the scope of its quarantine phytosanitary analysis service with the addition of 14 new species.

Plants in a controlled environment

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)

No Species No Species No Species
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:

Edson Corbo
Seed & Crop Manager - Brazil
mob: +55 34 9 91928521

About SGS

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