Analysis of seed and propagating materia

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The Institute for Seed and Propagating Material, Phytosanitary Service and Apiculture offers to perform analyses regarding the evaluation of seed and the quality of seed potatoes as well as examinations regarding the physical composition of harvested agricultural products – the following criteria are used for this purpose:

Species and varietal purity
Health status
Germination
Hazardous additives
Genetically Modified Organisms
Cultivation properties and viability

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The Institute for Seed and Propagating Material, Phytosanitary Service and Apiculture offers to perform analyses regarding the evaluation of seed and the quality of seed potatoes as well as examinations regarding the physical composition of harvested agricultural products – the following criteria are used for this purpose:

Species and varietal purity
Health status
Germination
Hazardous additives
Genetically Modified Organisms
Cultivation properties and viability

More information

Contact

Institute for Seed and Propagating Material, Phytosanitary Service and Apiculture
Phone: +43 5 0555 31121
Spargelfeldstraße 191
1220 Wien



Institute for Seed and Propagating Material, Phytosanitary Service and Apiculture
Phone: +43 5 0555 31121
Spargelfeldstraße 191
1220 Wien



Sample submission and prices

[Translate to English:] Probenmanagement

Analyses of consumer samples – sample submission

When submitting a sample by mail or in person, a description of the sample as well as a written order needs to be enclosed (please see downloads: sample information form consumer). If applicable, please use the codes provided in the sample information form's footer to fill in the 'desired analyses' section (e.g. 'KF' for germination).

Please mail the samples along with the sample information form by post or courier service to:

Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety
Institute for Seed and Propagating Material, Phytosanitary Service and Apiculture Spargelfeldstraße 191
1220 Vienna

or submit them directly at our laboratory:

Sample submission office of the Institute for Seed and Propagating Material, Phytosanitary Service and Apiculture
Wing C, 2nd floor
Spargelfeldstraße 191 (at the corner of Breitenleerstraße)
1220 Vienna

How to get there

Please click here for a detailed route description.

 

ATTENTION: The Institute for Seed and Propagating Material, Phytosanitary Service and Apiculture kindly asks you to use previously unused containers (such as plastic bags) for submitting various samples, as a range of analyses are significantly hampered – if not made entirely impossible – by residues of grain, dust etc. Please also ensure sufficient sealing of aforementioned containers when submitting the samples.

Quantity of submitted samples

The quantity of samples to be submitted depends on the scope of the respective examination.

Basically the following volumes apply:

  • Grain and large-seeded legumes: 1 kg
  • Other cultivated species: approx. 0.5 kg
    • A submission volume of 1 kg is required for the use-value analysis.
  • Batch-representative sampling from a batch – accredited

Should you wish the sampling to be carried out by a technically trained individual from the Federal Office for Food Safety, this needs to be commissioned in advance by submitting an application with the Institute for Seed and Propagating Material, Phytosanitary Service and Apiculture.

Examination or test reports

Examination or test results, respectively, are generally notified in writing. Results that are provided orally and on the phone are only valid and legally binding in written form. The online submission of examination reports is possible in principle by meeting the appropriate technical requirements.

Prices

The rates listed the download below are valid as of 1 January 2015 and do not include 20% VAT.

    Cultivation suitability test – potato

    Cultivation suitability test – potato

    For in-house potatoes, an examination regarding the suitability for cultivation is offered. This includes testing for the potato's most important viral diseases, especially the potato leafroll virus as well as the Y virus. In addition, a visual examination of externally visible diseases and potato damage, which can also lead to an impairment of the suitability for cultivation, is offered.

    Sample handling

    For a cultivation suitability test, an amount of at least 110 potato tubers is required. The samples are to be sent to:

    Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety
    SPB Institute – Dep. for Potato Examination, Microbiology and Molecular Biology
    Wieningerstrasse 8
    4020 Linz
     
    or submitted in person at the sample submission office of AGES Linz.

    How to get there can be found here.

    Monday to Thursday from 9am–noon and 1pm–3pm
    Friday from 9am–noon

    Outside office hours by appointment only (phone: +43 5 0555 41211).

    Your contact

    Portrait of Dipl.Ing.Josef Söllinger
    Dipl.Ing. Josef Söllinger
    Phone: +43 50 555-41211
    Wieningerstraße 8
    4020 Linz



    Portrait of Dipl.Ing.Josef Söllinger
    Dipl.Ing. Josef Söllinger
    Phone: +43 50 555-41211
    Wieningerstraße 8
    4020 Linz



    Training Schedule

    Basic trainings

    Training and refresher course dates as well as exam dates in accordance with Section 39 (2) of the Austrian Seed Act 1997, as amended, for qualified and authorised individuals.
    Training areas: field inspection, sampling and seed testing

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    Spezialschulungen

    Ausbildungs- und Nachschulungskurstermine sowie Prüfungstermine gem. § 39 Abs. 2, SaatG 1997 idgF für fachlich befähigte und ermächtigte Personen

    Schulungsbereiche - Feldbesichtigung, Probenahme und Samenprüfung

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    Screening test

    [Translate to English:] Gebrauchswertprüfung

    The screening test determines the usability of seeds and includes tests that assess seeds with regards to cultivation suitability and quality.

    Advantages

    A long-term pollution of soils caused by weed seeds and pathogens can be avoided, thus, saving high secondary costs over a number of years.

    It prevents economic damage caused by:

    • Poor field emergence 
    • High weed infestation and 
    • Increased presence of seed diseases

    Recommended for

    The screening test is designed for raw material samples in the seed industry and for samples taken from farmers. It determines the usability of seeds (suitability for cultivation or processing). The methods used are simplified compared to the accredited examinations used in the regulatory seed approval process.

    This product was designed to help preselect raw materials taking into account economic and ecologic aspects, but also to motivate the user of the seed materials -- the farmer -- to use seeds in a cost-optimising manner.

    Sample management

    One kilogram of seed material has to be submitted as a sample for the screening test. A filled in application form (see downloads: Screening Test Application for Seeds) must be enclosed when the sample is sent or handed in. Details on submitting samples can be found here.

    NOTE: The Institute for Seed and Propagating Material, Phytosanitary Service and Apiculture would like to ask you to use unused containers -- e.g. plastic bags -- for submitting various samples.

    Pricing

    The current screening test price can be found in the current tariff list for seed and propagating materials.

    We offer a 10 % discount for group consignments of at least 25 samples per consignment.

    Range of examination and assessment

    The screening test does not report results for each characteristic, but provides an overall assessment of the seeds as follows:

    • the seeds are suitable – providing the recommended sowing quantity per hectare
    • the seeds are suitable – following professional processing (details on any flaw(s))
    • the seeds are suitable – following appropriate dressing (details on the disease) 
    • the seeds are NOT suitable, stating the reason why.

    If you would like to have individual results, please state this explicitly.

    Contact

    We will gladly answer questions on the screening test.

    Portrait of Dipl.-HLFL-Ing.Manfred Weinhappel
    Dipl.-HLFL-Ing. Manfred Weinhappel
    Phone: +43 50 555-34811
    Mobile: +43(664) 9668304
    Spargelfeldstraße 191
    1220 Wien



    Portrait of Dipl.-HLFL-Ing.Manfred Weinhappel
    Dipl.-HLFL-Ing. Manfred Weinhappel
    Phone: +43 50 555-34811
    Mobile: +43(664) 9668304
    Spargelfeldstraße 191
    1220 Wien



    Portrait of Helmut Nagl
    Helmut Nagl
    Phone: +43 50 555-34836
    Spargelfeldstraße 191
    1220 Wien



    Portrait of Helmut Nagl
    Helmut Nagl
    Phone: +43 50 555-34836
    Spargelfeldstraße 191
    1220 Wien



    Downloads

    Tips on seed propagation

    The use of strong and healthy seeds is a prerequisite for successful plant production for a variety of reasons.

    • Preventing epidemics (e.g. loose smut, common bunt etc.) 
    • Preventing the spread of diseases (e.g. dwarf bunt, anthracnose etc.) 
    • Reduction of pesticide use 
    • Preventing bad germination properties and bad development of young plants (e.g. Septoria nodorum, pink snow mould) 
    • Contributing to commercial and ecological plant cultivation 
    • Contributing to high-profile harvest yields and high-quality feedstuffs

    The seeds are tested for the most seed-relevant diseases and their quality is assessed using limits (economic damage limits) as part of the seed approval procedure during field inspection and/or laboratory tests.

    BAES:  information on seed-relevant legal aspects of farm-own seeds.

    Download forms

    Here you can find current forms and information leaflets.

    Test Application for Private Seed Samples

    If you want us to examine samples of private seed materials, you must enclose a written description of the sample and a filled out application

      Screening Test Application

      If you want us to carry out a screening test, you must send us the filled out accompanying letter for screening tests in addition to the sample itself. More details on the screening test can be found in the attached folder.
       

      Forms for the Federal Office for Food Safety

      This site provides the current forms for the Federal Office for Food Safety for applications, reports and sample submissions:


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