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Mar. 15, 2019

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SGS's state-of-the-art facility in Piracicaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil, has expanded the scope of its quarantine phytosanitary analysis service with the addition of 14 new species.
 
 
An essential part of sustainable agriculture, the development of high quality seeds relies on the safe importation and propagation of materials from different regions of the world. Failure to ensure imported samples are safe can have disastrous impacts on the local environment.
 
In 2016, SGS opened Brazil's first accredited private seed quarantine facility in Piracicaba. This high-tech facility has now added 14 new entries to the list of species for which it can offer quarantine testing services.
 
The 14 new crop species are:
 
  • Onions – Allium cepa
  • Wax gourd – Benincasa hispida
  • Signalgrass – Brachiaria spp
  • Pigeon pea – Cajanus cajan
  • Chickpea – Cicer arietinum
  • Gourd – Lagenaria spp
  • Lentils – Lens culinaris
  • Luffa species
  • Alfalfa – Medicago sativa
  • Bitter gourd – Momordica charantia
  • Tobacco – Nicotiana tabacum
  • Radish – Raphanus sativus
  • Castor bean – Ricinus communis
  • Sweetleaf – Stevia rebaudiana

To ensure samples are safe, SGS's team of qualified experts perform pest diagnoses, including phytosanitary analysis, using analytical methods such as:
 
  • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
  • Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)

Testing focuses on the identification of regulated and/or quarantined pests, including insects, nematodes, fungi, bacteria, viruses, weeds and other organisms. In addition, the facility can analyze seed viability by looking at seed vigor and germination behavior.
 
Following this expansion, SGS can now offer comprehensive quarantine testing on 61 species, representing all the main crops used in Brazil for food, feed, industrial and pharmaceutical processing. The full list of species can be seen in Table 1.
 
Table 1: List of species (scientific name)
No
Species
No
Species
No
Species
1
Abelmoschus esculentus
22
Cucurbita spp.
43
Nicotiana tabacum
2
Allium ampeloprasum
23
Cyperus iria
44
Oryza sativa
3
Allium cepa
24
Daucus carota
45
Panicum spp.
4
Allium spp.
25
Echinochloa spp.
46
Pennisetum glaucum
5
Apium graveolens
26
Eruca spp.
47
Petroselinum crispum
6
Arachis hypogaea
27
Eucalyptus spp.
48
Phaseolus vulgaris
7
Avena sativa
28
Euphorbia milii
49
Raphanus sativus
8
Benincasa hispida
29
Fimbristylis spp.
50
Ricinus communis
9
Beta vulgaris (others)
30
Glycine spp.
51
Saccharum spp.
10
Beta vulgaris (sugar beet)
31
Gossipium spp.
52
Sechium edule
11
Brachiaria spp.
32
Helianthus annus
53
Solanum lycopersicum
12
Brassica napus
33
Hordeum vulgare
54
Solanum melongena
13
Brassica oleracea
34
Ischaemum rugosum
55
Sorghum spp.
14
Brassica rapa
35
Lagenaria spp.
56
Spinacia oleracea
15
Cajanus cajan
36
Latuca sativa
57
Stevia rebaudiana
16
Capsicum annum
37
Lens culinaris
58
Triticosecale sp.
17
Cicer arietinum
38
Leptochloa mucronata
59
Triticum aestivum
18
Cichorium spp.
39
Leptochloa virgata
60
Vigna radiata
19
Citrullus lanatus
40
Luffa species
61
Zea mays
20
Cucumis melo
41
Medicago sativa
 
 
21
Cucumis sativus
42
Momordica charantia
 
 

SGS's fully accredited testing facility in Piracicaba works alongside the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA), providing an independent testing service for MAPA certification.
 
Testing, analysis and certification for the agricultural sector
 
With over 140 years of experience operating in global markets, we are ideally positioned to help Brazil's agricultural sector achieve high quality results. Our testing, analysis and certification services are designed to ensure phytosanitary security for seeds, plants and other propagation materials as they are transported around the world. We are the first choice for agricultural businesses looking for safe, fast and accurate analysis of their agricultural products.
 
For further information, please contact:
 
Edson Corbo
Seed & Crop Manager - Brazil
mob: +55 34 9 91928521
 
Source: SGS Group

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