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PL PATH 605 PRINCIPLES AND PROCEDURES OF CERTIFICATION                                                                                 (1L+0P) III
(Course to be taken in NBPGR)

Objective
To provide the information on regulation of pathogens for import/export as well as movement in the country

Theory

UNIT I
Introduction to certification. International scenario of certification and role of ISTA, EPPO, OECD etc. in certification and quality control.

UNIT II
Case studies of certification systems of USA and Europe. National Regulatory mechanism and certification system including seed certification, minimum seed certification standards. National status of seed health in seed certification. Methods for testing genetic identity, physical purity, germination percentage, seed health etc.

UNIT III
Fixing tolerance limits for diseases and insect pests in certification and quality control programmes. Methods used in certification of seeds, vegetative propagules and in vitro cultures. Accreditation of seed testing laboratories. Role of seed/ planting material health certification in national and international trade

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