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BioVision Seed Labs: Fusarium graminearum in wheat and barley

Fusarium graminearum testing of wheat and barley seed is a critical step in best management practices, and is required under the Alberta Pest Control Act prior to the sale/sowing of seed. This pathogen is closely monitored by the grain, malt and livestock industries, as it produces vomitoxin (DON) in cereal grains. Two detection methods are available at BioVision: Plated and DNA.

Read specific details about the test methods available for Fusarium.

BioVision Seed Labs: Seed health testing, including vigor testing

Seed health analysis harnesses various seed testing methods to stress the seedlings, evaluate seed coat integrity or analyze embryo activity. Vigor testing, often referred to as cool stress testing, is the most common request, after germination, for testing seed.

Read general information in our Seed Health Bulletin attached.

BioVision Seed Labs: Pathology testing of cereals and pulses

Seed disease testing is common practice for cereals, canola and pulses in Canada. At BioVision Seed Labs, we analyze seed pathogens via culture media, DNA and ELISA. These seed tests target both agricultural disease presence, as well as end-use grain quality.

Read more in our Pathology Technical Bulletin attached.

BioVision Seed Labs: Germination testing of agricultural seed crops

Germination tests provide clients with the confidence that their seed will grow and meet the Grade Table standards. We analyze your seedlings after they have grown under prescribed conditions for a predetermined growth period and classify the seedlings as: Normal seedlings, Abnormal Seedlings, Dormant Seeds, Dead Seeds, Fresh Seeds and Hard Seeds.

BioVision Seed Lab is the Canadian expert on germination testing of cereals, canola, pulses, forages, grasses and vegetable crops. You will be confident with your seed testing, as we are a CFIA accredited lab, maintain ISO designation and have over 15 years’ experience.

Read more in our Germination Technical Bulletin attached.

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BioVision Seed Labs is the leading Canadian agriculture laboratory, partnered with the seed and grain industry, farmers, agricultural & agronomy research organizations, life science and crop protection companies to meet top quality assurance and certification testing. We are lab specialists and experts in a variety of seeds and grains including cereals, pulses, oilseeds, forages, grasses, and specialty crops across Canada. We offer cost effective grade analysis services, varietal identification, and seed testing for physical purity, germination, disease and vigor testing. Grading and diagnostics are critical for crop production, maximum yield, plant growth and best agronomic field results.

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