Defra - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Science Search

Science and Research Projects

Return to Science Search homepage   Return to Project List

Bar-Coding for Sample Handling and Drilling of Certification Control Plots - VS04005

Currently, control plots are drilled of all multiplication and of 5% of final generation seed lots. On receipt, samples are registered on the certification database, a sub-sample prepared for drilling and these are subsequently organised in boxes for drilling according to a plan. As each sample is drilled, its number is recorded against the plan to record accurately which sample is drilled in which plot. After drilling, plot numbers are entered on the certification database as part of the record for the sample and its seed lot.

Bar-coding of samples on receipt would facilitate sample handling, simplify and speed up drilling, and allow plot numbers to be downloaded to the certification database. Drilling of control plots is time critical, with the last dates for sample receipt pushing drilling into late autumn when suitable days are limited, or into late spring when there is a wide range of species to drill in limited time. Faster drilling will help significantly with this time-critical step.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Bar-coding for Sample Handling and Drilling of Certification Control Plots   (19k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2005

To: 2006

Cost: £12,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
National Institute of Agricultural Botany
Plant Varieties and Seeds              
Plants and Animals              
Fields of Study
Plant Varieties and Seeds