July 2023 APSA Seed Insights The first ISTA Accredited Auditor in APAC

In this month’s APSA Seed Insights, we speak to Dr. Papassorn Wattanakulpakin or “Kwan”, who heads the Phitsanulok Seed R & D Center Department with Thailand’s Department of Agriculture to talk about her recent training with the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) as part of a new initiative supported by APSA to increase seed testing capacity in the Asia Pacific region. Dr. Kwan’s laboratory in northern Thailand is the kingdom’s first publicly-run seed testing laboratory, and under the new initiative, Dr. Kwan will lead audits of laboratories ensuring compliance with ISTA’s rigorous standards to ensure the movement of pest- and disease-free, quality seeds.