CASE STUDY

Sym­po­sium on seed risks

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News -

THE one-day sym­po­sium spon­sored by the Plant Biose­cu­rity Co-op­er­a­tive Re­search Cen­tre and the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Wa­ter Re­sources pro­vided an over­view of the man­age­ment of risks posed by pathogens car­ried by veg­etable seed fo­cussing on in­ter­na­tional reg­u­la­tion, cur­rent re­quire­ments for seed test­ing, the ef­fec­tive­ness of di­ag­nos­tics and al­ter­na­tive sys­tems for as­sur­ing clean seed sup­ply.

The aims are to con­sider the pros and cons of the ar­range­ments for safe seed trade and to fa­cil­i­tate dis­cus­sion among a small group of reg­u­la­tors, sci­en­tists, and seed com­pany and grower rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Currently Aus­tralia has a test­ing regime in place to de­tect vi­roids in tomato and cap­sicum seed and to de­tect cu­cum­ber green mot­tle mo­saic virus (CGMMV) in cu­cur­bit seeds.

National seed as­so­ci­a­tions are pro­mot­ing al­ter­na­tives to test­ing.

The reg­u­la­tion and de­tec­tion of vi­roids and CGMMV will be pre­sented at the sym­po­sium, as ex­am­ples of the risks and the pro­cesses that are in place to deal with the risks pre­sented by seed-borne pathogens.

A small group of ex­perts in the area will be in­vited, in­clud­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives of NPPOs of key coun­tries, di­ag­nos­tic sci­en­tists and vi­rol­o­gists, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the major seed com­pa­nies and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Aus­tralian veg­etable in­dus­try.

PRO­GRAM SUM­MARY:

The eco­nomic, en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial im­pacts of seed borne pathogens

Aus­tralian reg­u­la­tion of seed im­ports

Seed test­ing and re­cent Aus­tralian re­search on di­ag­nos­tics

In­ter­na­tional lab­o­ra­tory pro­fi­ciency ring test for PSTVd

In­ter­na­tional lab­o­ra­tory pro­fi­ciency ring test for CGMMV

Re­cent re­search on seed di­ag­nos­tics

In­ter­na­tional stan­dards of seed health or test­ing di­ag­nos­tics

Dis­cus­sion of seed test­ing chal­lenges and har­mon­i­sa­tion

Euro­pean seed im­port reg­u­la­tion

Reg­u­la­tion on seed im­ports into the United States

Reg­u­la­tion of seed im­ports into New Zealand

Pro­posed seed pro­duc­tion crop health as­sur­ance sys­tem

Dis­cus­sion of the reg­u­la­tory ap­proaches to seed path­way as­sur­ance.

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