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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. 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.

 

News

June 16, 2022
Seed Physiology and the Environment is a course offered by Iowa State University that provides a learning opportunity for those with experience in the field. This opportunity to study with a renowned professor is presented in online environment using recorded lectures, discussion, and activities that reinforce the concepts of seed physiology. As an industry professional, you will be interacting...
April 26, 2022
Iowa State University is once again offering a series of workshops on seed conditioning and quality testing procedures this summer.  The workshop dates are rapidly approaching, so we are sending this brief reminder in the event either you or a co-worker might be interested in the program.  These are small group sessions that feature a mix of classroom and “hands on” equipment operation...
March 31, 2022
People all over the world are showing support for Ukraine as its citizens try to fend off a Russian invasion that has left hundreds dead, thousands homeless and millions fearful of what could become of their country.  But for Iowa, it is a personal matter that hits close to home.     “Iowa and Cherkasy, Ukraine have been sister states since 1996 so when they asked for help, we...