Seed label markings of forest reproductive material

Either on seed packages or in documents accompanying a seed lot, buyers of forest reproductive material must be provided with the following information in compliance with regulations issued on selling forest reproductive material. Moreover, Plant Passport markings must be attached to batches of pine and Douglas fir seeds. Plant Passport and seed label markings can also be combined.

Information compliant with the Act on Trade in Forest Reproductive Material

1) name or business name of the supplier of forest reproductive material
2) botanical name of tree species and of material produced in Finland, name in Finnish or Swedish
3) amount of forest reproductive material
4) master certificate code and number
5) basic material register reference or identifying code of region of provenance
6) basic material type
7) forest reproductive material category
8) region of provenance for basic material in the ‘source identified’ category and the related longitude and latitude zones, region of provenance for basic material in the ‘source selected’ category and geographical location defined according to longitude and latitude, and the precise geographical location of basic material in the categories ‘qualified’ and ‘tested’
9) information on whether the basic material is native, non-native, or whether the origin is unknown, and whether the basic material is located in its native area of distribution or beyond. For basic material which is non-native or located beyond its native area of distribution, the origin must be identified if known
10) for tested material, information on whether the material has undergone genetic modification
11) purpose of use of forest reproductive material
12) for seeds, the year of ripening
13) the percentage of pure seed, other seeds and impurities, of the weight of a seed lot. The percentage of other seeds and impurities need not be given if the share of other seeds is below 0.05 per cent of the weight of a seed lot (not required for aspen, birch and alder seeds)
14) germination percentage for pure seed, or if that is impossible or difficult to assess in practice, percentage of viable seeds based on evaluation through identified method*
15) for purified seed, weight per 1,000 seeds (not required for aspen, birch and alder seeds)
16) the amount of germinating seed in a kilogramme of seed, or, if the amount of germinating seed is impossible or difficult to assess in practice, the number of viable seeds per kilogramme*
*Germination of aspen, birch and alder seed is given either in number/per cent (section 14) or amount of germinating seeds (section 16)
In addition, the following information must be given to the buyer on forest reproductive material produced and marketed in Finland:
17) utilisation area for material in the categories ‘qualified’ and ‘tested’
18) seed germination test date and dispatch date

Information compliant with the Act on Protecting Plant Health

1) Plant Passport identifier
2) Identification for Finland
3) Code of Finland’s plant protection authority
4) Forest reproductive material supplier register code (= plant protection register number)
5) Seed lot number
6) The scientific name of the plant
7) Number of seeds
8) Marking of Plant Passport replaced (if necessary)