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Welcome to the ISU Seed Science Center

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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.


September 24, 2019
Gary Munkvold receives Regents Award
Plant Pathology and Microbiology Professor Gary Munkvold was honored Monday, September 23 with the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence.  The annual recognition, presented by the Iowa Board of Regents, recognizes tenured faculty members who are outstanding university citizens and who have rendered significant service to Iowa State University (ISU) or the state of Iowa. “Dr. Munkvold is...
September 17, 2019
Lulu Rodriguez
A familiar face has returned to the Iowa State University (ISU) campus.  Dr. Lulu Rodriguez, who previously served as professor of journalism and mass communication with the Greenlee School for 20 years, is now the Global Programs Leader at the Seed Science Center (SSC).  She returns to ISU after six years as director of the Agricultural Communications Program at the University of...
September 9, 2019
Bobbie Jo Gustafson joins Seed Science Center
There is a new face at the Iowa State University Seed Science Center (SSC).  Bobbie Jo Gustafson joined the staff as an Administrative Specialist II on August 26, 2019.  Gustafson, who earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Design at ISU in 1997, says she is excited to be back on campus and at the SSC.  “During the decades since I've studied at ISU, my organizational and...