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This project has received funding from the
European Union's Seventh Framework Programme
for research, technological development and
demonstration under grant agreement no 289108

Advisory Board

An advisory board is the body that advises the management of TESTA. The advisory board does not have authority to vote on corporate matters, nor a legal fiduciary responsibility.

Dr. Dorota Szopińska

Dr. Dorota Szopińska

Assistant Professor: Department of Seed Science and Technology, Poznan University of Life Sciences

Dr. Dorota Szopińska has over 15 years experience in research and teaching. Since 2002 she has been employed as an assistant professor at the Department of Seed Science and Technology of the Poznań University of Life Sciences, Poland. Scientific interests of Dr. Szopińska are: methods of seed health testing, relationships between seed health status and the other seed and plant characters, location of pathogens in seeds, seed treatment methods and prognostic value of seed quality parameters. She is an author or co-author of about 50 scientific publications and co-author of Seed Pathology textbook. Her educational work is related to the various areas of seed science and technology, particularly seed pathology and seed biology. She supervised 27 BSc and MSc theses concerning mainly evaluation of seed health testing methods, seed quality improvement and location of pathogens in seeds.

She participated in many international meetings and visited a number of institution involved in seed production and post-harvest control in Europe and China.

Dr. Szopińska is currently a member of Polish Phytopathological Society where she serves as Secretary of the Board and the Chair of Seed Pathology Division, and a member of the ISTA Seed Health Committee.

Contact: dorotasz@au.poznan.pl

Radha Ranganathan

Radha Ranganathan

Director, Technical Affairs: International Seed Federation (ISF)

Radha Ranganathan joined ISF in 2002 and is responsible for various seed industry activities related to vegetable and ornamental crops, phytosanitary matters and sustainable agriculture. The activities of relevance to the TESTA project are the International Seed Health Initiative for Vegetable Crops (or ISHI-Veg) (www.worldseed.org) and vegetable-seed specific pest lists. The mission of ISHI-Veg is to secure the delivery of sufficiently healthy seed to customers on a worldwide basis. Led by the private sector, ISHI-Veg brings more than 50 seed pathologists from private companies, public sector institutions and private laboratories together to develop seed health test methods. The pest lists are being developed to assist companies move seed across international borders while respecting national phytosanitary regulations.

She has a Ph.D. from Wageningen Agricultural University in the Netherlands and Master’s Degrees from Oxford University and Bangalore University.

Contact: r.ranganathan@worldseed.org

Richard Venelle

Richard Venelle

Plant Health and Seeds Inspector: Technical manager responsible for Export Certification and Plant Passporting within England and Wales.

Richard Venelle studied farm management at Seale Hayne Agricultural College. He spent ten years working for agricultural seeds merchants, supervising and managing seed production plants. During that time, he qualified as a licensed seed sampler and seed crop inspector. In 1991 he joined the UK’s Plant health and Seeds Inspectorate. His inspectorate duties included enforcing EU seeds marketing regulations and providing training to inspectors engaged in seeds enforcement.

Since assuming the role of technical manager responsible for export certification, Richard Venelle has assisted in the development of Fera’s current policy on implementing the phytosanitary certification of seeds for export to non-EU countries and he is a regular member of Fera’s Better Regulation Exports Taskforce.



Contact: richard.vennelle@fera.gsi.gov.uk