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Evaluating Quality

Sampling is the process of taking a small part or quantity of something for testing or analysis; it is the first step in seed testing. In sampling, it is essential: (1) to obtain a sample of proper size, and (2) to obtain a sample representative of the main seedlot. The results of the laboratory tests can only show the quality and characteristics of the sample submitted for the analysis; therefore, the validity of test results for a large seedlot is determined by the success of obtaining a representative sample. Sampling seedlots for quality evaluation must be done systematically, using appropriate techniques, tools, and procedures, to ensure that the seed sample represents the entire lot.


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Publication: Tree Seed Technology Training Course - Instructor's Manual

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