The International Movement of Seed: Seed companies are increasingly becoming global players and have very international operations
The seed business today is characterized by
- International teams working on product development in multiple R&D and screening sites to evaluate variety adaptation to various climatological and ecological zones
- Seed produced in countries in the Northern and Southern hemispheres in different climatic zones for better quality and logistics
- Seed processing, treatment, enhancement, quality control and packaging frequently carried out at a limited number of central sites for reasons of quality and efficiency
- Seeds marketed and distributed globally from a central logistic facility. Seed can be re-exported to many destination countries in multiple shipments over time
The material moving across international borders includes germplasm for R&D purposes, experimental lines and hybrids for screening purposes, basic seed for multiplication purposes and commercial varieties and hybrids for marketing purposes.