ISTA Vigour Testing Workshop


Workshop content
This workshop will include new developments in seed vigour that have occurred over the last two years and potential future developments in vigour testing as well as established vigour tests.   

Lecture topics

  • Introduction to seed vigour, its physiological basis and importance in crop production
  • Conductivity test for Pisum sativum, Phaseolus vulgaris, Glycine max
  • Controlled deterioration test for Brassica sp; application to other small seeded vegetables
  • Radicle emergence test: development and validation. Examples: maize, cotton, Brassica, pepper, cucurbits, general applicability
  • Accelerated ageing test for soyabeans
  • Seed ageing / metabolic repair hypothesis: the basis of all vigour tests
  • Factors affecting seed vigour
  • Use of seed vigour

Practical work 
All participants will complete the conductivity test and assess results from the controlled deterioration and radicle emergence tests. There will be demonstration of stages in the accelerated ageing and controlled deterioration tests   
Question and answer sessions 
These will consider questions on all aspects of seed vigour and any vigour test.   

Presenters of the workshop 
The workshop will be presented by: 
Dr Alison Powell (Chair of ISTA Vigour Committee, University of Aberdeen, UK), 
Dr Stan Matthews (ISTA Vigour Committee, University of Aberdeen), 
Dr Hulya Ilbi (ISTA Vigour Committee, Seed Technology Centre, Ege University, Turkey).   

The workshop will take place at the Seed Technology Centre, part of Ege Unversity, Izmir, Turkey. The university campus ( is situated in Bornova, part of the Province of Izmir, which is the third biggest city in Turkey. The University is based in 3700 hectare of parkland and is a focus for the educational and cultural life of İzmir. The campus is 15km from Adnan Menderes airport and about 10km from central Izmir and is linked to the city centre by frequent bus and underground services.   

The city of Izmir itself is 8000 years old, with a history dating back to the Neolithic Age; the ancient name of the city is Smyrna. It is a harbour city and has had a place in the commercial economy of the Mediterranean region since the 16th century. Both domestic and foreign trade have been highly developed in İzmir thanks to its free trade zones, international fairs and industrial zones. The harbour is the biggest importer and the second biggest exporter of the country and the city is the touristic, industrial and cultural centre of the Aegean Region. Izmir also incorporates the nearby ancient cities of Ephesus, Pergamon, Sardis and Klazomenai, and centres of international tourism such as Kuşadası, Çeşme, Mordoğan and Foça.

It is easy to reach Antalya, the location of the 30th ISTA Congress by flights and bus. There are direct flights from Izmir to Antalya twice a day via Sunexpress Airways (   

Local organiser 
Hulya Ilbi, Ege University, Faculty of Agriculture 
Telephone:  +90-232-3111971 or +90-232-3394304 
Fax: +90-232-3115030 

Accommodation is available either at the Anemon Ege Hotel or the Guest House of Ege University.   

Anemon Ege Hotel ( is a short walking distance from the Seed Technology Centre where the workshop will be held. Rooms with breakfast cost €75 per night (single) or €95 per night (double). Room fee also includes the transportation between airport and hotel.   

Anemon Ege Hotel : Tel : +90 232 373 48 62; Fax : +90 232 373 48 63   

The Guest House of Ege University ( is also a short walking distance from Seed Technology Centre. Rooms with breakfast cost €30 per night (single) or €45 per night (double). However, you would need to arrange your own transport from the airport to the hotel. A taxi will cost approximately €40-45.   

Guest House Ege University: Fax: + 90 232 339 99 93; Reservation Phone: +90 232 388 1447 4; E-mail:   

Participants should make their own accommodation arrangements. When making your hotel reservation, please copy your emails or faxes to the local organiser, or inform her where you will be staying.   

Registration fees for the workshop   
There will be a minimum number of participants required for this workshop to take place, with a maximum number of 20. 
ISTA members (includes ISTA laboratory member staff)      € 450 
Non-members:                                                                    € 575

If you would like to attend the workshop please fill in the registration form. An invoice will be sent to you, which has to be paid before the participation confirmation will be generated. Payment can be made by credit card upon individual request to the ISTA Secretariat.

Registration deadline is 3 May 2013.
Payment for the ISTA Vigour Testing Workshop is required in Euro (EUR) before 3 May 2013.   

Please note:  
For cancellations made before 15 April 2013 registration fees are refundable less a EUR50 administration fee.    
For cancellations made after 15 April 2013 registration fees are non-refundable.