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Botanical Descriptions of Varieties

Contact: Claire Carpenter
Tel: 01223 342353
Fax: 01223 277707

As part of the procedure of testing varieties for distinctness, uniformity and stability, botanical descriptions are compiled. These are used by crop inspectors to identify varieties.

Summary description sheets (also known as the coloured sheets) of the most widely grown varieties are made available to licensed crop inspectors each season, alternatively they can be downloaded from here.


Additionally you can search for individual descriptions of cereal varieties. To locate a specific variety (using Internet Explorer), click on the 'Edit' menu at the top of the screen and then choose the 'Find' option. Enter the variety name.


If a description is needed for inspecting a seed crop in England and Wales and can’t be found on these pages please contact us.