About Us

A Global Center of Excellence in Seed Science, Technology, and Systems

The Seed Science Center at Iowa State University provides a focus for teaching, research, and extension programs on seeds in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. 

The Center houses the Seed Laboratory, which has provided accurate and professional testing services to the seed industry for more than 130 years. It annually performs tests on an average of 30,000 seed samples each year, making it one of the world's largest seed testing programs. The Seed Lab tests corn, soybeans, and more than 300 other species of seeds for more than 650 pathogens.

SSC engages faculty, staff, and students in cutting edge research, education, and outreach in the following program areas: seed testing, seed pathology, seed physiology, seed conditioning, global seed programs, seed health, and molecular quality assurance.


The mission of the Seed Science Center is to improve production, quality assurance, marketing, utilization, and regulatory environment of seed through research, testing, teaching, outreach, and international programs.


The Seed Science Center will be a global center of excellence in seed science, seed technology, and seed systems.