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Welcome to the ISU Seed Science Center

Coronavirus and the ISU Seed Lab

Some questions have been raised regarding whether the ISU Seed Lab will remain open during the current coronavirus outbreak. It is our intent to follow University policy and we are closely monitoring the ISU Coronavirus Update page. At this time, the Lab is open and we are continuing to accept new orders for all tests.

The health and welfare of our team is of primary importance and we are taking many precautions to limit spread. This involves frequent sanitation of equipment and surfaces and moving some tests from regular lab spaces to our more expansive training and lecture facility so that we can accommodate the recommended six-foot distance, at a minimum, between co-workers. This also includes reduced or alternate work schedules and having staff work from home where possible. As a result, you may experience some temporary delays or inconvenience in the coming days.

We will continue to closely monitor guidelines as they become available and will inform you if anything changes. Please contact us if you have any questions. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Together, we can get through this and get the job done! 

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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