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Cutting Tests

Cutting tests are ‘seed anatomy tests’ used to estimate germination and characterize a seedlot through visual inspection. Seed are dissected and classified into categories displaying similar characteristics. Cutting tests are essential as a decision tool in seed processing and upgrading, but are useful in any situation where an estimate of germination is desirable. Cutting tests can also reveal the presence and extent of problems (i.e., % and degree of immature or deteriorated seed) within a seedlot.

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Publication: Anatomy & Morphology of Conifer Tree Seed