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Here’s How We Saw It: Snapshots from Monday at ISTA

Friendships renewed, business partnerships confirmed, business deals in discussion… and a whole lot of handshakes. Here’s a sneak peek at Day 1 of the ISTA Centenary Annual Meeting in Cambridge.

In one photo, four key faces in bringing vigor testing to the world: Stan Matthews (third from left) and Alison Powell (second from left),  two of the very first people to standardize vigor testing in the UK in 1977; Sarah Foster (far left) who brought vigor testing to Canada in 1989; Steve Jones, who chaired the meeting when ISTA accepted vigor testing into its rules.
ISTA’s Annual Meeting 2024 is taking place at the very beautiful Cambridge Union Society
Cambridge’s spectacular architecture wows ISTA’s Annual Meeting attendees.
ISTA President Keshavulu Kunusoth officially opens ISTA’s Centenary Annual Meeting. Photo Credit: Alan Bennett © 2024
ISTA Secretary General Andreas Wais welcomes delegates to Day 1. Photo Credit: Alan Bennett © 2024
Mario Caccamo, CEO of ISTA host, NIAB, introduced the Opening of the Annual Meeting with a warm welcome. Photo Credit: Alan Bennett © 2024
Victoria Barton, seed testing laboratory manager with Fera Science Ltd, presented on how the UK is maintaining biosecurity by intercepting pathogens in trade at ISTA’s Centenary Annual Meeting. Photo Credit: Alan Bennett © 2024
David Johnston, ISTA Germination Committee vice chair, spoke on the importance of assuring seed germination quality from the laboratory into the marketplace and to the grower. Photo Credit: Alan Bennett © 2024
Session 3 on Day 1 featured (left to right) Jaime Cubero (CSIC, INIA – Spain); Marcel Westenberg (NIVIP – the Netherlands); and Ruud Barnhoorn (Naktuinbouw – the Netherlands) speaking about high throughput sequencing use in pathogen detection on seed.
Manuela Nagel (Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research – Germany) spoke in Session 1 about seed longevity in long term storage.
Ji Zhou, head of NIAB’s Data Sciences Department and phenomics programme leader, spoke at the opening of ISTA’s annual meeting on AI-powered seed quality and vigour assessment.