Chapter 6 - Certification of Tree Seeds and Other Woody Plant Materials
Seed certification is a system that provides assurance to buyers that the seeds being purchased are what they are represented to be by the producer or seller. This certification of identity (and sometimes quality) is typically provided by an independent third party for a fee that is charged to the producer and becomes part of the production costs. The system is simple and effective; it is used all over the world in various, yet basically similar, forms for agricultural, horticultural, and forestry seeds or other propagules. This chapter will briefly describe how seed certification developed in forestry and how it is practiced today with seeds of woody plants. More detailed historical accounts of agricultural and forest tree seed certification in the United States can be found in Hackleman and Scott (1990) and Rudolf (1974).
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Publication: Woody Plant Seed Manual