• To Feed the Future we must first seed the future.
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Welcome to the ISU Seed Science Center

More than 100 Years of Excellence in Seed Testing, Research, and Outreach

The Seed Science Center at Iowa State University is a center of excellence nationally and internationally in seed research, education, technology transfer, and international seed programs. It provides a focus for teaching, research, and extension programs on seed in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and it is a global leader in introducing science into policy to benefit world seed trade.

Directed by Dr. Manjit Misra, the Seed Science Center is home to the largest public seed testing laboratory in the world. For more than 100 years, the lab has provided accurate and professional seed-testing services for members of the seed industry.Seed pathologist and student with petri dishes

Seed Science Center faculty members are committed to providing quality research and education to produce the next generation of leaders in the seed industry. Faculty specializing in seed physiology, seed pathology, risk management, and seed conditioning conduct cutting-edge research projects in sustainable agriculture, biotechnology, crop utilization, computer technologies, microbiology, toxicology, and molecular biology.   

Working to provide access to quality seed, facilitating seed trade, and promoting the growth and development of the seed industry are important missions of the Center's Global Seed Program. In the past 12 years, center scientists have designed and conducted programs in more than 80 countries around the world to achieve these goals.

For more information about the Seed Science Center at Iowa State University, contact seedsci@iastate.edu.

Center Highlights

ISU and Zamorano Sign MOU

ISU Senior Vice President and Provost  Jonathan Wickert and President of the  Zamorano Pan-American Agricultural  School Jeffrey Lansdale signed a  Memorandum of Understanding to  collaborate on future international development projects during the 2016  Global Food Security Consortium and  Leroy & Barbara Everson Seed &  Biosafety Symposium April 13.

To view a video of the signing, visit:  vimeo.com/163719961

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