ISTA Seed Symposium 2016 Tallinn, Estonia | 15-17 Haziran 2016

Abstract Submission 

ISTA Seed Symposium 2016 
Tallinn, Estonia, 15 - 17 June 


This is the first invitation to people interested in presenting a paper during the Seed Symposium of the 31stISTA Congress under the theme

Progress in seed testing and seed quality improvement through science and technology

The symposium will be made up of five oral sessions and two poster sessions, covering the same topics.  Each oral session will be chaired by a lead speaker who is well known in the field of seed science and technology.   
The symposium will bring together seed analysts, technologists, researchers and managers from universities, research institutes, government and the seed trade to discuss all aspects of seed quality.  The symposium will provide a forum for the discussion of recent advances in seed science and technology as well as an opportunity for the exchange of ideas and information.
Intending participants are encouraged to submit oral and poster papers topics under the above theme.  The research reported in offered papers can cover both the scientific basis of aspects of seed quality and its technological application in seed testing.  In all sessions we welcome papers on established and novel seed testing methods, and on tropical and temperate crop species, wild species, flowers, trees and shrubs, including species with potential for use in plant breeding and in habitat regeneration. 
A book of abstracts containing invited and selected (oral and poster) presentations will be available to all symposium participants.    

Submission of papers: Offers of papers should be submitted online only in the form of an abstract in English of 1600 characters (maximum).  Papers will be presented orally and in poster form, both forms having equal status.  Papers will be selected for presentation by the symposium convenor and a small scientific committee.  As the number of oral presentations will be limited by time constraints, oral presentation of your paper may not be possible and you may be asked to present your paper as a poster. 

23 October 2015         Deadline for submission of all papers.  Authors of papers considered for oral presentation will be contacted for further information on experimental results, additional to the abstract. 
18 December 2015     Authors informed whether papers have been accepted for oral or poster presentation.Authors of papers not accepted for oral presentation may be invited to present their work as a poster. 
12 February 2016        Deadline for payment of registration fee by authors of accepted oral papers.  If the presenter of an oral paper has not registered, the paper will be replaced in the programme 
11 March 2016           Deadline for payment of registration fee by authors of accepted poster papers.  If none of the poster authors has registered by this time, it will not be possible to present the poster and the abstract will not be published.   

Funding: Authors of proposed papers are encouraged to explore possible sources of funding for their attendance at the symposium as early as possible. ISTA cannot offer any financial support to authors of papers. However, a letter of acceptance of a paper for presentation (subject to funding) can be provided to assist in funding applications from early January 2016.   

Session Topics 
Session 1: 
Applications of germination and dormancy testing
Lead Speaker: Fernando Silveira, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Topics: Advances in the understanding of seed germination and dormancy,Characterisation of germination, Physiology of germination and dormancy, Seed development and maturation, Dormancy breaking treatments, Image analysis 

Session 2:  Advances in seed health testing for ensuring quality during seed production and storage
Lead Speaker: Gary Munkvold, Iowa State University, USA
Topics: Seed treatments, Epidemiology, Novel methods for seed health testing, Emerging diseases, Phytosanitary issues  

Session 3: Environmental effects on seed quality
Lead Speaker: Ilse Kranner, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Topics: Stress tolerance, Seed Vigour, Effect of the environment on seed development and production, Organic seed production, Maternal effects, Epigenetics, Climate change 

Session 4: (ISSS Collaborative Session): Cellular and molecular methods and new approaches to seed quality determination 
Lead Speaker: Julia Buitink, INRA, France
Topics: Genetics of seed quality, QTL markers, Variety and GM identification, New approaches to vigour and viability testing, Phenotyping, Imaging   

Session 5: Conservation and Use of Genetic Resources in Crop, Forest and Wild species
Lead Speaker: Mati Koppel, Estonian Crop Research Institute, Estonia
Topics: Collection of plant genetic resources, Seed storage and longevity, Desiccation tolerance, Plant breeding, Habitat restoration, Genetic resources in forestry