Research and Innovations



Our mission is to generate and implement research that will improve performance, ergonomics, efficiency, and equipment within the seed industry. These improvements will facilitate solving seed testing constraints, the reduction of costs, and development or adoption of new technologies and/or tests depending on specific seed industry needs.

Most of seed testing methods used today were developed more than half a century ago. In the modern industry, there has been an increasing trend in the globalization of the seed industry that has led to intensified competition among seed producers. As a result, there is a growing need to achieve higher levels of efficiency and precision by improving seed testing techniques, developing new tests and equipment and reducing testing costs

Customer-driven research projects for seed companies, research and extension educators

The Oregon State University Seed Laboratory has the capacity to carry out various research studies related to seed quality and help its customers answer questions in a variety of areas. Following are some examples of our research studies that were completed:


The analyst sits in an ergonomically correct position and uses both eyes at optimum magnification,
the seeds flow continuously and the process can be started and stopped any time to remove contaminants.


Flow cytometer measures the nuclear DNA content
in the living cells of plant tissues.




OSU Seed Lab developed a new blowing procedure
using master calibration samples and air velocity monitoring.




A study was conducted to answer the question whether TZ test can be
used as an alternative viability test to the standard germination test.


OSU Seed Lab developed a test to detect Orobanche seeds in red clover.


Leaf morphology differences among 7 species of pigweed (Amaranthus spp.).



OSU Seed Lab developed a “grow-out” test to differentiate
Italian ryegrass from annual and perennial types.



Thermogradient Table


NMR used to determine the oil and protein contents in various seed oil crops.