Consider the following pairs:

  1. Breeder Seed→ Seed directly controlled by the originating or sponsoring plant breeding institution
  2. Foundation Seed→ Progeny of breeder handled so as to maintain specific genetic purity and identity
  3. Certified Seed→ Progeny of breeder handled under procedures acceptable to the Department of Agriculture

   Which of the above is/are correct?

Answer: [D] 1, 2 & 3

All of the above pairs are correctly matched
A breeder’s seed is an offspring of nucleus seed. Offspring’s of the Breeder seed which can be clearly traced to Breeder seed are called Foundation Seeds. Certified seed is the progeny of foundation seed and must meet the standards of seed certification prescribed in the Indian Minimum Seeds Certification Standards,1988.

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