the past forty years, the Ransom Seed Laboratory has pioneered
many testing protocols for the native seed industry.
database has been developed to help standardize and clarify
procedures to overcome some of the testing problems with
individual native species which are not yet listed in the
"A.O.S.A. Rules for Testing Seed". Each page attempts to
familiarize the user with a short description of the species and
how its seed structure might fit into the existing purity
descriptions and methods of the A.O.S.A. rules.
the years, the market for this specialized and fascinating
industry has expanded.
New uses of endemic species and growing interests in specialized
habitats steadily increase the need for collecting and testing
of native seeds.
We are providing this information as an educational resource
to help pave the way toward the establishment of uniform testing
methods for this complex, young native seed industry.
All the pictures and laboratory data in the following pages
were taken from samples submitted to the Ransom Seed Laboratory
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