Christchurch Plants Seeds of Knowledge

The International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) Congress will take place in Ōtautahi Christchurch from 11-18 May 2022. It will be held at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre. Most of New Zealand’s seed exports are sourced from Canterbury.

The Congress is held every three years, and brings together seed experts from more than 70 countries, giving delegates the chance to network with their global counterparts. ISTA members include scientists, seed technologists, policy makers and regulators. It is a premier global event for the industry. Delegates will be surrounded by an agricultural and seed-producing sector.

The local industry is focused on seed for pasture; forage grasses like ryegrass and clover; and cereal grain crops like wheat. Christchurch boasts a large number of growers, processors and merchants, as well as research institutions focused on seed. Two of the four ISTA-acredited New Zealand seed laboratories are based in and around Christchurch, and many local labs have ISTA members within them.

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