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Welcome to the ISU Seed Science Center

Registration is now open for the 2019 Everson Global Seed Symposium!

Join us October 14-15 for a journey around the globe to discover the grand collaboration between nature and humanity to feed, clothe, and beautify the world!

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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. 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 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 Programs. In the past 20 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.


August 7, 2019
It is with great sadness the Iowa State University Seed Science Center (ISU-SSC) announces the passing of Dr. Bruce Maunder on Monday, August 5, 2019.  Dr. Maunder was a friend and  served as Chair to the ISU-SSC advisory council since 1994. He, and his wife Kathy, contributed to the education of many future seed scientists though anonymous donations to various ISU-SSC scholarships....
August 6, 2019
Scene from Seeds! Diversity of Wonder
 AMES, Iowa – Registration is now open for the 2019 Everson Global Seed Symposium at Iowa State University, October 14-15, 2019.  The symposium, held in conjunction with the World Food Prize in Des Moines, will feature some of the brightest minds in seed business, technology, science and art.   This Symposium is designed to engage and inspire seed professionals, policy makers...
June 19, 2019
Tyler Tunning and Michael Stahr
An Iowa State University (ISU) Seed Science Center (SSC) staff member and graduate student has achieved what no other current employee has: accreditation as a Registered Genetic Technologist (RGT). Tyler Tunning, Graduate student in the Graduate Program in Seed Technology and Business (STB) and SSC Seed Lab Trait Testing Coordinator, completed the rigorous written test and practical exam...