ISTA Seed Health Committee Official Method Review

The Seed Health Method Validation Programme requires that methods approved as Official Methods should be reviewed every 5 years to ensure their continuing effectiveness and suitability. Official Seed Health Testing Methods are found in the International Rules for Seed Testing 2013. There is currently one ISTA Official Seed Health Testing Methods that is now due for review (listed in Table 1). This is the first review for Method 7-025. The ISTA Seed Health Committee (SHC) would like to receive your feedback on the current Method Sheet as part of the review process.


Table 1. The one ISTA Official Seed Health Testing Method to be reviewed in 2013

Method No. Pathogen Host Actions taken since last review
7-025 Aphelenchoides besseyi Oryza sativa Not applicable, first review


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    Please note no method modification (except editorial) will be made as a result of this review. A method will either be accepted for a further five years or recommended for withdrawal due to the evidence submitted. Method modifications can only be approved if a full collaborative test has been submitted to the Method Validation Programme and approved by the SHC or depending on the modification when a convincing argument and supporting documentation have been supplied and approved by the SHC.