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Seeds of various crops move from one area of the world to another to support the global seed industry. Seed is the basic agricultural unit that is exchanged, shared and used by agricultural scientists, plant breeders, geneticists, molecular biologists, pathologists, and agronomists, to ensure sustained or improved crop yields. Conversely, the seed that provides great benefits to society is also a very effective means of introducing plant-based disease in unwanted or new areas as a number of these pathogens are seed-transmitted. Hence, the seed and its movement are subjected to quarantine regulations.  To minimize if not eliminate this risk of introducing diseases into new areas states, regions, countries, and continents, the seed must undergo testing for the presence/absence of seed-borne pathogens with results used in the application and issuance of phytosanitary certificates.

Eurofins BioDiagnostics Inc. (EBDI) maintains a robust set of seed health/pathology testing methods dedicated to the accurate identification of seed-borne diseases. EBDI has an extensive set of validated testing procedures for many seed transmitted pathogens including Acidovorax citrulli, the pathogen of Fruit blotch, and various bacteria, fungi, viruses, and a number of nematodes that are known to be present in various crop seeds. Our seed health testing laboratories are continuously improving through consistent staff training conducted by certified plant pathologists. EBDI believes in adapting and incorporating new technologies to improve identification of seed-transmitted pathogens. We routinely participate in industry-wide proficiency/comparative tests, and accreditations to improve the quality and accuracy of our services.

EBDI offers the following Seed Health Testing services: