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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 [Sept 2018]:
   Manager’s Corner: Testing Seeds
   For Use as Cover Crops

  For additional information regarding
  the legal requirements for seeds to be
  sold for cover crops or other purposes,
  visit the IDALS web site at 



Upcoming Events

  Seed Technology & Business
  Seed Science & Technology
  Short Course

  Monday, November 5, 2018
  - 8:00amto Friday, Nov. 9,- 5:00pm

  Seed Technology & Business
  Seed Business Management
  Short Course

  Monday, February 4, 2019 - 8:00am to 
  Friday, February 8, 2019 - 5:00pm

  [All Upcoming Center Events]