International Seed Testing Association (ISTA)

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1921 Copenhagen Denmark


Founded at 3rd International Congress, by informal agreement among 16 European countries, as European Seed Testing Association -- Association européenne d'essais de semences. Previously also known as: Association internationale d'essais de semences -- Internationale Vereinigung für Saatgutprüfung. Activities extended and the Association reconstituted under present name, Jul 1924, Cambridge (UK). Constitution adopted at the Fourth International Seed Testing Congress, 10 Jul 1924, Cambridge, and subsequently amended at Ordinary Meetings held in: Washington DC (USA) 1950; Dublin (Ireland) 1953; Paris (France) 1956; Lisbon (Portugal) 1962; Washington DC (USA) 1971 (Extra-Ordinary Meeting); Warsaw (Poland) 1974; Brisbane (Australia) 1986; Copenhagen (Denmark) 1995; Angers (France) 2001; Budapest (Hungary) 2004; Bangkok (Thailand) 2005; Zurich (Switzerland) 2006; Iguaçu Falls (Brazil) 2007; Zurich (Switzerland) 2009; Cologne (Germany) 2010; Venlo (Netherlands) 2012; Antalya (Turkey) 2013.


Develop, adopt and publish standard procedures for sampling and seed testing; promote uniform application of these procedures for evaluation of seed moving in international trade with 'ISTA International Seed Lot Certificates'; promote research in all areas of seed science and technology, including sampling, testing, storing, processing and distributing seeds; encourage variety (cultivar) certification.


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GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 13: Climate Action



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