Seed health and its importance

Seeds are the basis for crop production and seed health is very important to food production. Seed deterioration caused by fungi can damage the seed quality during storage, processing and propagation. Therefore it is important to detect accurately the infection level of seeds right after harvest and to optimise methods to reduce the infection of the seeds before sowing.

 

Seed health testing methods for detecting fungi

There are many classical time-consuming and expensive methods for testing seed health and identifying fungal species in seeds. However, with multispectral imaging testing by the VideometerLab you can get your test results very fast. You avoid spending time on washing tests, incubation methods, embryo count methods and seedling symptoms tests and use of chemicals. With the multispectral seed health testing technique there is no need for time consuming sample preparation with chemicals or costly consumables. The method is non-destructive and it is cost effective compared to classical methods.

Discovery of brown mold (highlighted with red) in corn via multispectral imagingDiscovery of brown mold (highlighted with red) in corn via multispectral imaging
 
 
Recognition of cereals incl. full and broken kernelsRecognition of cereals incl. full and broken kernels

Seed quality assessment

Seed quality is defined by quality grading of multiple characteristics like:

  • Varietal and analytical purity
  • Germination capacity
  • Vigour
  • Seed health
  • Size
  • Uniformity
  • Variety identification and classification
  • Detection of insect damage
  • Fungi infection
  • Prediction of chemical composition
  • Surface structure
  • Seed colour
  • Morphology

SpectraSeed ia a seed phenotype database

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