2022 Phytosanitary Notes
ASTA has developed a Pest Database for Seeds (PeDS) which “currently contains technical/scientific information on over 400 pests of phytosanitary concern to ASTA members that have impacted the international movement of seed.” The searchable database is available at http://phytodatabase.org/. Illinois Crop Improvement would like to remind customers and stakeholders that its field phytosanitary inspection training program includes identifying parasitic weeds such as striga (witchweed) and other members of the Orobanchaceae family. As always the first question on new phytosanitary requirements should be “is seed a pathway?” We encourage everyone to learn more about seed health and plant protection policies in support of our seed industry. Visit our Industry Links under About Us to learn more about the seed industry stakeholders.