Seed Services

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SGS BioVision’s seed testing labs are accredited by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), monitored by the Canadian Seed Institute and our Sherwood Park lab maintains ISO 9001:2015 designation. Our accredited seed analysts are experts in cereal, pulse, canola, grass, legume, vegetable, flower, industrial hemp and native species germination, purity and disease testing.

Germination and Physical Purity We understand the global reach of seed testing and conduct analysis based on validated standards outlined by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the Association of Official Seed Analysts (AOSA) and the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA).

Seed Pathology Our seed borne disease services range from targeted single species identification to comprehensive Fungal Scan quantification, with focus on pathogens that impact seedling emergence and development.

Seed Health and Viability We assess storability, stress and morphological characteristics for seed longevity and health.

Trait and GMO Events Our herbicide growth bioassays and GMO event PCR analysis, through our SGS partner lab, determines suitability and robustness.

1) Germination & Physical Purity
Standard Germination, Treated Germination, Replicated Germination for Research Physical Purity, Seed Grading, Check Seed Identification Seed Import Conformity REGAL program for grain export
2) Seed Pathology
Cereals: Fusarium graminearum (plated/DNA), Fusarium species ID (5 species), Fungal Scan (all seed borne diseases), True Loose Smut, Cochliobolus sativus Pulses: Ascochyta, Botrytis, Anthracnose, Sclerotinia, Aphanomyes (DNA – soil/tissue) Canola: Blackleg (growth assay/DNA), Alternaria, Clubroot (DNA – PCR, qPCR – soil/tissue) Corn: Fusarium graminearum
3) Seed Health & Viabilty
Cereals: Cool Stress Test (vigor), Tetrazolium, Kernel Weight, Moisture Pulses: Cool Stress Test (vigor), Electrical Conductivity, Kernel Weight, Moisture Canola: Cool Stress Test (vigor), Chlorophyll Content, Electrical Conductivity, Green Seed, Kernel weight, Seed Size Uniformity. Moisture, Cracked Seed Assessment Soybean: Cold Germination, Seeds/lb, Moisture Corn: Cold Test, Seed Count, Moisture Industrial Hemp: Viability
4) Trait & GMO Events
Wheat: Clearfield Confirm Bioassay, GMO Events Lentils: Clearfield Confirm Bioassay Canola: Herbicide Bioassays, GMO Events Soybean: Glyphosate Bioassay, Dicamba Bioassay, GMO Events Corn: Glyphosate Bioassay, GMO Events

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Our 2018/2019 Schedule Fee is available for download or contact us for project quotation.