Improved Maintenance and Production of Basic Seed for Public Pastures Varieties

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  • Published: 8 Jun 2007

  • Author(s): Blackstock, John, Taylor, Marcia

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Approximately 37% of the total of 27,318 tonnes of Certified Seed produced in Australia in 2004/05 was seed of public pasture varieties and over 50% of the Certified Seed of public varieties was exported. Market access to many countries, including the European Union, requires Australian pasture seed to be produced in accordance with the OECD Seed Schemes. To be eligible for OECD certification, plant varieties must be maintained to ensure that varietal characters are preserved.
The Australian Seeds Authority Limited (ASA), which has been licensed to administer the OECD Seed Schemes in Australia, has collaborated with the seed industry to determine the maintenance status of all public varieties, establish processes to identify and correct deficiencies in variety maintenance procedures and transfer to industry entities the maintenance responsibility for public varieties that are needed for future trade but which would not be further maintained by current maintainers.