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Proceedings of Past Forest Nursery Association Meetings:

Current Issues and the Future of Seed Certification of Trees, Shrubs and Native Plants
Victor Vankus
1996: New England, CT
The demand for seed certification by state Crop Improvement Associations of forest tree seed, mainly conifers, has decreased over the past several years because the number of export shipments of these species has declined. There continues to be a small but steady number of tree seed lots certified in the northwestern United States under the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) scheme for export to Europe. The demand for seed of tree species other than conifers, shrub and native species by federal and state agencies, conservation groups and the public for a wide range of land management applications is growing. In order to meet market demand, there are now more commercial seed companies and private seed collectors selling these species than ever before. Certification of these species will insure that specific standards are met and this will increase the likelihood of quality seed being offered for sale. Forest tree nurseries need to be aware of and prepared to participate in the seed certification process as warranted.

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