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Iowa State University Seed Science Center

Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
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.

The Center provides a focus for teaching, research, and extension programs on seed in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State and is a global leader in introducing science into policy to benefit world seed trade. Seed Science Center faculty members are committed to providing quality research and education to produce the next generation of leaders in the seed industry.

Scientists with the center's Global Seed Program work to provide access to quality seed, facilitate seed trade, and promote the growth and development of the seed industry. In the past 12 years, program faculty have designed and conducted programs in more than 80 countries around the world.

The Center offers an Online Graduate program in Seed Technology and Business (STB)— a master's degree program developed to provide an opportunity for seed professionals to grow by gaining a better understanding of the science, technology, and management that is key to the seed industry. Students from around the world take part in this distance education program delivered via the Internet that covers topics such as seed production and genetic improvement along with business administration courses.

The Seed Science Center is home to the largest public seed testing laboratory in the world. For more than 100 years, the laboratory has provided accurate and professional seed testing services and training for the seed industry. The laboratory, which performs tests on as many as 40,000 seed samples annually, is recognized as a leader in seed health testing.