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Welcome to the ISU Seed Laboratory

More than 100 Years of Excellence in Seed Testing and Customer Service

Housed in the Seed Science Center on the Iowa State University campus, and directed by Dr. Manjit Misra, the Seed Laboratory has a proud history of excellence in seed testing, training, and customer service dating back more than 100 years. From the early research of George Washington Carver, to today's biotech seeds that feed, fuel, and supply the world, Iowa State University has time and again proven itself as a leader.

At the Iowa State University Seed Laboratory, we are not only proud of this heritage of excellence, but are pleased to offer cutting-edge seed analysis technologies and services. Our broad range of testing options, high throughput of samples, accurate results, and unmatched customer service—combined with our years of experience and expert staff—make us a leader in the seed testing industry.

The Iowa State University Seed Lab

  • Is the largest public seed testing laboratory in the world
  • Offers testing services for more than 300 species of crops, vegetables, flowers, and trees
  • Tests for more than 350 pathogens (fungi, bacteria, and viruses)
  • Employs staff certified in purity, germination, and testing of biotech traits 
  • Is a reputable industry source for workshops and short courses on seed quality and conditioning
  • Utilizes the resources of Iowa State University experts in the fields of agronomy, horticulture, plant pathology, entomology, and more
  • Has served as an industry leader in testing, research, and in offering workshops for more than 100 years

Call us today and let us demonstrate the many ways that we will exceed your seed testing expectations.

Manager's Corner

   Manager's Corner
   offers seed industry news and
   commentary from Iowa State
   University Seed Laboratory
   Manager Mike Stahr. 

   Latest article [May 2018]:
2018 Seed Analyst Short Course
   Receives High Marks | ISU Seed Lab
   Upgrades ISO Accreditation, Analysts
   Build Skills/Complete Certification

  For information about
  requirements for farmers
  wishing to sell seed
, read the
  IDALS publication 
  "Selling Agricultural Seed in
Selling Direct From the
    Farm Permit & Labeling 


Upcoming Events

     Gravity Separation
     Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 8:00 am
     to 4:30 pm

     Seed Corn Conditioning
     Monday, August 6, 2018 - 8:00 am to
     Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 6:00 pm

     Tetrazolium Workshop
   Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 8:00 am
     to Wednesday, August 15, 2018
     - 4:30 pm

    [All Upcoming Center Events]

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     seedlab@iastate.edu or
     phone 515-294-6826.