The GERMINATION SCANALYZER stores and periodically images seeds to check their germination status and analytical germination data is automatically generated. The system is modular to match user requirements for throughput and capacity and, if required, can be installed in a climate controlled environment.

Seed quality describes the potential performance of a seed lot. Important aspects of seed quality include percentage of germinated seeds, speed of germination, homogeneous germination, vigour, presence or absence of disease, together with the presence of inert matter and seeds from other crops or weeds.

Analysis of seed characteristics can be onerous for seed companies and laboratories. The GERMINATION SCANALYZER saves time and reduces cost while at the same time increasing precision and accuracy of results.

The GERMINATION SCANALYZER can analyze coated and uncoated seeds of different plant species differing in size, colour and shape. Classification and quantification of seed characteristics based on predefined criteria (number, size, colour, and shape) include:

  • Percentage of seed germination

  • Germination rates (in time series analysis)

  • Seed morphological parameters (size, roundness)

  • Seed colour and colour distribution

  • Seedling morphological parameters (root length, hypocotyl length)

  • Seedling colour and colour distribution

Every seed with a detected root segment (within the observation radius) is marked as germinated. To optimize root detection, a number of rules are applied, for example, proximity aspect, region of interest and germination cues.

The length of the root is measured on the basis of the medial axis of the detected root shape. Results can be reported in different formats, according to user requirements, and statistically analyzed.