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Welcome to the ISU Seed Science Center

Now accepting scholarship applications.

Deadline is January 27!

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.

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January 14, 2020
John and Elaine Everson
Dr. Leroy Everson spent more than 30 years at Iowa State University (ISU) as a seed scientist and served as Director of the Seed Science Center (SSC), until his retirement in 1980.  The father of four and former Navy lieutenant commander passed away in 2005, yet his legacy at ISU lives on through the generosity of his children.  For the past seven years John Everson, along with his...
January 13, 2020
World Food Prize Press Release: This week, in his last act as President of the World Food Prize Foundation, Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn presented Iowa State University with the Norman E. Borlaug Medallion. Iowa State University joined the past honorees as only the ninth recipient of the Borlaug Medallion. Presented in the spirit of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, this award recognizes world leaders and...
January 13, 2020
With global food demand set to double by the year 2050, it is important for farmers and agriculture professionals to have good data in order to improve productivity and feed a growing world population.  That is part of the reason why the Ivy College of Business and the Seed Science Center are teaming up to study the digital agriculture ecosystem.  The study is being spearheaded by Dr....