Purposes and courses of action
According to Agricultural Research Centre statute the main of Viljandi Variety Testing Centre and its constituent testing stations are:
- Organizing the official VCU (Value for Cultivation and Use) tests to compile Variety List
- Post-registration testing
- Conducting post-control tests of seed lots entering the certification
- Conducting the official DUS (Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability) tests of new varities of plants.
Main operating areas:
- Value testing for compiling the variety list – organizing and carrying out the official comparative tests between species.
Tested cultures: cereal, potato, pea, bean, rape, fodder beet, lawn, grasses, maize, linseed and flax.
The yield, quality, lodging and disease resistance and winterhardiness (that is to say value for cultivation and use) are compared in Estonian conditions.
Tests are conducted by:
- Viljandi Variety Testing Centre, the value testing department
- Võru Testing Station
- Kuusiku Testing Centre
- Estonian Crop Research Institute Jõgeva Plant Breeding department
- Conducting the official post-control tests for seed lots (to be entered for cultivation) grown in Estonia.
Tested cultures: cereals, lequminous plants, grasses, rape, turnip rape, flax and potato. The post control is used as a check on identity and varietal purity.
The tests have been carried out by the Department of the Variety Control in Viljandi Variety Testing Centre.
- Conducting the official DUS (Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability) tests.
Tested cultures: Avena sativa L., Galega orientalis Lam., Hordeum vulgare L. sensu lato, Lupinus polyphyllus Lindl., Phalaris arundinacea L., Pisum sativum L. and Triticum aestivum L. emend. Fiori et Paol. The varieties are tested if they meet the DUS criteria. The tests have been carried out by the Department of the Variety Control in Viljandi Variety Testing Centre.