• One of the largest public seed testing labs in the U.S.

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.

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.



June 10, 2024
Iowa State University (ISU) Seed Science Center (SSC) proudly announces the appointment of Rebecca Noe as a full-time Research Scientist I at the Seed Health Lab. Noe, a student employee at the lab for nearly three years, brings a deep-rooted passion for agriculture and a wealth of hands-on experience to her new role. “With her blend of passion, experience, and dedication, Rebecca Noe is poised...
June 10, 2024
Location: Seed Science Center, Iowa State University, 2115 Osborn Drive Duration: Summer and Fall 2024; Spring 2025 Pay: $15/hour Job Description: The Iowa State University Seed Science Center is seeking dedicated students to assist in archiving the Center’s historical, administrative, and operational documents. The goal is to preserve the Center’s rich history and make these documents accessible...
June 10, 2024
Ames, IA— Dr. Daniel Robison, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has announced the appointment of Dr. Steven Harris as interim director of the Seed Science Center. Dr. Harris, who concurrently chairs ISU’s Plant Pathology, Entomology, and Microbiology department, brings a wealth of experience and a forward-thinking vision to his new role. Dr. Harris expressed his enthusiasm...

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Join Iowa State University Seed Science Center on a journey around the world to discover the grand collaboration between nature and humanity to feed, clothe, and beautify the world! This film series was developed to engage and inspire youth, the public, and the policy makers on the beauty and value of seeds to society.