European Seed Association (ESA) is the voice of the European seed industry, representing the interests of those active in research, breeding, production and marketing of seeds of agricultural, horticultural and ornamental plant species. ESA was founded in November 2000, bringing together four former European seed associations and individual seed companies into one single Europe-wide organisation representing the totality of the European seed sector. Today, ESA has more than 35 national member associations, from EU Members States and beyond, representing several thousand seed businesses, as well as more than 70 direct company members, including from seed related industries.
ESA’s primary responsibilities in the project will relate to the coordination of WP6 (Communication, Dissemination, Training and Exploitation). In addition, within WP4 ESA will define the varieties to use, the traits to evaluate, and the parameters to study for the three crops. ESA will also set up a trialling plan and provide a harmonised trialling protocol and recommendations for the task partners; it will then supervise the trials and will use all the collected data and statistical results to define the thresholds and optimal conditions to maximize the quantity and the quality of organic seeds in tomato, brassicas and bean.