For plants to realise their full genetic potential, seeds are the starting point. Seed quality is a very complex trait. Improvements can be achieved both during production and through processing. Factors that influence seed quality are:
Genetic makeup of the plant
Environmental factors during seed development and ripening on the plant
Agri-technical processes used during seed production
Technical processes employed during processing
Research at the molecular level aims at developing new or alternative methods that characterise seed quality. At the application end of the spectrum of activities lies optimisation of practices at the field level and development of new techniques for processing and pelleting seeds. Research projects are carried out partly in co-operation with universities and other specialist institutes.