and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS)
of Official Seed Analysts
AOSA is an organization comprised of member laboratories staffed
by certified seed analysts. Such seed testing facilities include
official state, federal, and university seed laboratories across
the United States and Canada.
Official Seed Certifying Agencies
The AOSCA establishes minimum standards for genetic purity and identity
and recommends minimum quality standards for classes of certified
seed. It also standardizes seed certification regulations and procedures
as well as operational procedures in inter-agency seed certification.
of American Seed Control Officials
AASCO is an organization of seed regulatory officials from the United
States and Canada.
Bioterrorism Act of 2002
The events of Sept. 11, 2001, reinforced the need to enhance the
security of the United States. Congress responded by passing the
Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response
Act of 2002 (the Bioterrorism Act), which President Bush signed
into law June 12, 2002.
Information Network for Genetic Resources
SINGER is the genetic resources information exchange network of
the International Agricultural Research Centers of the Consultative
Group on International Agricultural Research. It provides access
to information on the collections of genetic resources held by the
CGIAR Centers. Together, these collections comprise over half a
million samples of crop, forage and tree germplasm of major importance
for food and agriculture.
of Commercial Plant Breeders
Plant breeders play a leading role in the fight against world hunger
through research and development of new plants and new varieties.
NCCPB is one of the key organizations in this quest.
Find out more about the use of germplasm for food and agricultural
production through this educational program provided by the USDA.
Plant Germplasm System
The NPGS is a cooperative effort by public and private organizations
to preserve the genetic diversity of plants. The world's food supply
is based on intensive agriculture, which relies on genetic.
Seed Storage Laboratory
The NSSL documents, preserves, and maintains viable seed of diverse
plant germplasm in long-term storage, develops and evaluates procedures
for determining seed quality of accessions, and distributes seed,
when not available from the active collections, for crop improvement
throughout the world. It preserves the base collection of the National
Plant Germplasm System and conducts research to develop new technologies
for preservation of seed and other propagules of plant genetic resources.
Regulatory and Testing Branch, U.S. Department of Agriculture
This branch enforces interstate commerce provisions of the Federal
Seed Act and provides seed testing service under the Agricultural
Marketing Act. The web site provides links to key regulatory and
policy documents related to seed.
of Commercial Seed Technologists
The purpose of this society is to maintain and encourage the highest
proficiency and professional standards among its members, to promote
the best interests of the seed industry and to encourage cooperation
between the Official Seed Analysts and the commercial agencies.
of Agriculture (USDA)
Department of State on Biotechnology
This site covers global issues in biotechnology with links to key
science and policy documents.
U.S. House of Representatives
and Trademark Office