Working with the Digital Seed Atlas - an online introductory training

In this training you will learn how plant species are classified and how they are named. You will learn about the structure of seeds and fruits and practice using the necessary terms for the parts we can distinguish. You will learn to independently consult books and websites that will help you to find the correct name for the (flower) seeds and fruits.

Photos and samples of different types of seeds and fruits support this introduction. We also discuss whether and when material is still germinating and can grow into a new plant.

Starting date: 
On request

Target group

The training is for laboratory technicians and employees who start with the identification of seeds.

Other interested parties can also participate.

No specific prior knowledge is required.

Date and location

This training will be provided online in the Naktuinbouw Academy.

2023 dates will be esthablished in Q3 2022.

For the online session, a laptop/computer with camera and speaker and access to MS Teams is required. We strongly advise every student to participate in a separate room, otherwise the sound will sing around.


This 1-day training consists of four blocks of 75 minutes each, in which we give 50 minutes of theory/lesson and discuss this with the group for 25 minutes. In between there are long breaks with a few assignments.

Preliminary schedule of the program

11.00 am - 12.15 pm     Introduction of participants and general introduction: difference between seeds and fruits. What do you need to know before you start identifying? What are we looking at? What tools are there and how can you use them?

12:15 pm - 13.00 pm   Lunch break plus Assignment: use the website

13.00 pm - 14:15 pm   Terms and guidelines for correct naming of plant species and plant parts. Assignment: Search website Catalog of Life.

14.15 pm - 14:45 pm   Break

14:45 pm - 16:00 pm   Handling seed material - parts and processing for identification. Fragmentation processes and assessment of                                                          germinative parts in fragmented material.

16.00 pm - 16:20 pm   Break plus home assignment: carry out assignment with pictures of material send in by participants.

16:20 pm - 17:30 pm   How to start identifying seeds and fruits?

Learning goals

  • After the training you will understand the structure of a scientific plant name (of family, genus, species and subspecies/variety) and the commonly used abbreviations.
  • You do know the difference between a valid name and a synonym and can you consult a website that allows you to review synonyms.
  • You do recognize different terms for parts of a seed or fruit that are important for determining it.
  • You do know a number of different tools that you can use independently to determine seeds and fruits.
  • You have built up knowledge about which parts of a seed or fruit must be intact in order to be able to germinate and form a new plant.


2022 Training costs are € 475 per participant (excluding VAT).



Training course only starts with enough registrations. You will be timely informed upon cancellation. Our cancellation arrangement is stated in our general conditions, (artikel 6.) Our privacy statement reveals the careful way in which we treat your personal data.

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