Improving evaluating methods to increase efficiency and reliability and strengthen health and safety protection at work


In the interests of efficiency, GEVES will endeavour to develop faster, more reliable, more objective, predictive, sustainable, less costly and less energy-consuming methods of evaluating varieties and seeds.

GEVES will also seek to develop its methods in order to reduce the health and safety risks for operators working on variety evaluating and seed analysis, both within GEVES and within the industry.

To this end, particular attention will be paid to the development of methods to automate repetitive and manual tasks, and to reduce exposure to chemicals.

Priority actions

  • Developing digital phenotyping, particularly for evaluating height and counting the number of plants;
  • Develop the use of molecular biology tools to reduce the number of variety comparisons in the field in DUS studies, and for varietal controls;
  • Develop NIRS methods, which are non-destructive and faster, to reduce the use of chemicals in the laboratory;
  • Develop molecular methods to replace electrophoresis;
  • Develop molecular methods for detecting pathogens in seeds, saving time and money by screening batches;
  • Developing the use of molecular markers for evaluating varietal resistance;
  • Improving seed quality evaluating methods to improve efficiency and reliability, and enhance health and safety protection in the workplace.

Examples of projects


Selecting and evaluating legumes in Europe for greater sustainability.


High-throughput phenotyping of plants for agroecology.