How to use the tool

Fact Sheets

The Fact Sheets provide the user with images and descriptive information to aid in seed identification.

ID Keys

The ID keys are interactive and assist the user, with an unknown seed in hand, to identify it.


The searchable Gallery contains hundreds of seed images and illustrations to aid in seed identification.

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Seed of the month

Latest Events

  • June 29, 2023

    Poster: Seed Identification of Noxious Senecio Species

    Describes achene features, invasion and natural history of two noxious Senecio species (Senecio madagascariensis and Senecio inaequidens) and compares them to achenes of four similar species (Senecio vulgaris, Crepis capillaris, Pentanema britannicum, and Jacobaea vulgaris). J. Neudorf, A. Salzl and R. Wang Credit: 2023 Canadian Food Inspection Agency Download the poster

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  • March 29, 2023


    After years of work behind the scenes, the updated Seed ID Guide has finally launched! The ID Keys, Fact Sheets, Gallery of images and Glossary of terms are still here, expanded and updated, along side some exciting new features: More complete information in fact sheets, including information on embryo morphology, as well as floral, fruit, […]

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  • September 1, 2022

    Poster: History and Identification of Cultivated Echinochloa Species

    Describes the history of cultivated Echinochloa species, their wild ancestors and distinguishing features of the spikelets and florets. J. Neudorf, R. Wang, A. Salzl and T. Meyer Credit: 2022 Canadian Food Inspection Agency   Download PDF here

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  • August 12, 2021

    Poster: Identification of Disease Bodies: Ergot and Sclerotia

    An introduction to the identifying features of ergot disease bodies and sclerotia for the purity analyst..

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Seed Identification Guide (SIG) is a web-based virtual publication registered under the ISBN system with the registration number of  ISBN 978-1-7753419-0-1.