Gupta, Madan and George, Doug and Basnet, Badri Bahadur (2004) A computerised key for seed identification. In: 27th International Seed Testing Association Congress (ISTA 2004), 13-24 May 2004, Budapest, Hungary.Full text not available from this repository.
Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) regulates the quarantine requirements regarding seed imports in Australia. There are a number of seed testing laboratories in Australia which are currently servicing AQIS needs to prevent the entry of prohibited and restricted seeds. Current practices of identifying seeds by comparing an unknown seed with samples of known seeds or photographs of seeds are time consuming, costly and inefficient. A Seed Identification Key using a computerised database has been developed to identify prohibited and restricted seeds. There are currently 78 prohibited and 47 restricted seeds in the database. Lucid software was used to develop the Key because of its versatility in handling both text and image data. A total of 21 externally visible seed characters were identified as most suitable for development of the Key. Explanatory images and notes are attached to the character states to assist the user in correct selection of the state. The Key will be helpful to quarantine officers as well as seed analysts working in seed testing laboratories throughout Australia. It can also be used as an educational tool by agricultural scientists, students and others interested in seeds.
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