Mike Stahr Seed Lab Manager

Welcome to the Iowa State University Seed Laboratory 

We at the ISU Seed Laboratory are proud of our reputation for excellence in seed testing, training, and customer service dating back more than 100 years.

As Manager of the ISU Seed Lab, I take special satisfaction in our commitment to exceeding your expectations by offering the highest-quality seed testing services in the industry. Certified by the National Seed Health System (NSHS), we test for more than 350 pathogens and conduct phytosanitary and routine health testing on more than 300 species of seeds. In fact, our specialty is working to facilitate the movement of seed around the world.

At the ISU Seed Lab, our history of developing and refining tests includes the tray cold test for vigor, which has served as an industry standard for more than 30 years. We employ certified seed analysts and genetic technologists to meet all your testing needs. Certified by several trait providers, generic trait and AP testing is a special strength of our lab. 

If you haven’t had the opportunity to try our testing services, call us today at 515-294-6826 or email seedlab@iastate.edu. On behalf of the faculty and staff of the ISU Seed Science Center and the Seed Laboratory, I invite you to visit with us and experience first-hand the many ways that we will provide you with the expertise you trust, and the service you deserve.

Mike Stahr
​Seed Lab Manager