As Chief Officer of the Official Seed Testing Station (OSTS) at NIAB Linda provides advice to Fera on technical issues relating to UK seeds regulations, seed testing, seed sampling issues and training. She is the main contact for seed exporters who require seed sampling and testing for export under ISTA (International Seed Testing Association) conditions.
Since 2016 Helen has managed NIAB's analytical services and NIAB LabTest which provides a laboratory based testing service for agricultural and horticultural industries. Her main areas of work include seed pathology testing for seed-borne disease, soil testing for nematodes and potato virus testing. Biochemical quality traits, including VCU testing, in cereals and oilseeds, such as specific weight, protein, Hagburg Falling Number, malting, oil content and erucic acid content. Also included is variety identification of cereals and potatoes.