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Seed quality

Seed quality

Organic seed multiplication requires time and specific skills to produce high quality, healthy seed. Without chemical inputs and seed treatment, organic seed health and quality start in the field through an integrated approach taking into account the whole ecosystem: soil, pathogens, genetics and seed microbiome. After the harvest, seed cleaning and selection are fundamental to choose the best quality seed with the highest germination rate and vigour. Seed testing is required.

On this page, you can find tools and resources to help you monitor and improve the quality and health of your organic seeds, including available organic treatments for seed borne pests and diseases.



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Producing onion seeds for organic agricultureLatest tool

Producing onion seeds for organic agriculture

This tool is a data sheet that can be used by French farmers who produce or want to produce onion seeds in organic conditions. It provides advice…

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Tools

TitleIssuing organisationProjectYear of releaseRating
Innovative techniques for seed treatments compatible with organic farmingITAB - Institute for Organic Agriculture and Food , ACTA - Les Instituts Techniques AgricolesLiveseed2009
Managing common buntITAB - Institute for Organic Agriculture and FoodLiveseed2008
Managing common bunt in wheat seed lots (Liveseed Practice Abstract)Agrologica , ITAB - Institute for Organic Agriculture and Food , AGES - Austrian Agency for Health and Food SafetyLiveseed2019
Producing alfalfa seeds for organic agricultureITAB - Institute for Organic Agriculture and Food , FNAMS - Fédération Nationale des Agriculteurs...Liveseed2003
Producing cabbage seeds for organic agricultureITAB - Institute for Organic Agriculture and Food , FNAMS - Fédération Nationale des Agriculteurs...Liveseed2006
Producing carrot seeds for organic agricultureITAB - Institute for Organic Agriculture and Food , FNAMS - Fédération Nationale des Agriculteurs...Liveseed2005
Producing cereal seeds for organic agricultureITAB - Institute for Organic Agriculture and Food , FNAMS - Fédération Nationale des Agriculteurs...Liveseed2002
Producing forage crop seeds for organic agriculture: evolving techniquesITAB - Institute for Organic Agriculture and Food , FNAMS - Fédération Nationale des Agriculteurs...Liveseed2008
Producing lettuce seeds for organic agricultureITAB - Institute for Organic Agriculture and Food , FNAMS - Fédération Nationale des Agriculteurs...Liveseed2003
Producing onion seeds for organic agricultureITAB - Institute for Organic Agriculture and Food , FNAMS - Fédération Nationale des Agriculteurs...Liveseed2004
Producing red clover seeds for organic agricultureITAB - Institute for Organic Agriculture and Food , FNAMS - Fédération Nationale des Agriculteurs...Liveseed2005
Producing zucchini seeds for organic agricultureITAB - Institute for Organic Agriculture and Food , FNAMS - Fédération Nationale des Agriculteurs...Liveseed2003
Seed health in potatoes (Liveseed Practice Abstract)LBI - Louis Bolk InstituteLiveseed2020