The first seed of a new variety, grown under the supervision of the plant breeder, is called Breeder seed. The generation grown from the Breeder seed is know as Foundation in the United States. Generations are limited to maintain seed purity.
OSIA coordinates its members’ activities. It establishes minimum standards for seed certification and supervises compliance by member agencies. Standards are established for:
Certified seed originates from a time proven system for seed quality control. Contact OSIA for additional information regarding membership and certification regulations in Ohio.
Seed certification is a limited generation program for assuring the genetic purity of seed. The variety of a crop from which certified seed is to be produced must first be accepted for certification. It may be submitted by plant breeders in public institutions for public varieties or private organizations for proprietary varieties. Acceptance is based on data and information that substantiate claims by the plant breeder and shows the variety to be uniform and adapted to the region of production.