Oregon State University

Customer-Driven Projects

Research projects for seed companies, research and extension educators

This area focuses on any seed related research in response to specific needs of others including research, extension, industry customers that are working on seed related projects. The clients bring treated samples (products of chemical treatments, production practices, time of harvest, etc) and the lab completes the seed evaluations. The following are some examples that were completed in the last few years:

Completed Projects

  • The effect of maturity stages on purity and viability of some native species.
  • Germination and dormancy studies of native species such as sedges (Carex mertensii).
  • Purity and TZ study to identify, quantify, and measure the viability of bird seeds
  • The effect of heat   treatment on breaking seed dormancy and increase germination of seeds.
  • Seed Search in soil samples, to understand persistence of crop, weed, range seeds, etc.
  • Germplasm screening of California brome by ploidy level.
  • Ploidy germplasm screening for St. Augustinegrass and other species.
  • Effects of various seed coating on germination of some grasses.
  • Effect of seed coating on germination and vigor of Bluegrass
  • Ploidy evaluation of Brassica species
  • Effect of seed coating on germination and growth performance of selected grasses

Future Projects

Future projects in this area is open to the needs of customers in seed related areas such as: moisture content, purity, germination, vigor, seed identification, ploidy, TZ, seed search in soil or compost or feed pellets, etc. If you have a need or idea, bring it up to the lab and we may be able to assist in designing the study, performing experiments, and analyzing data.

Contact Info

The OSU Seed Laboratory is an AOSA and ISTA member lab and is ISTA Accredited Laboratory US07.

3291 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone: 541-737-4464
Fax: 541-737-2126

Hours: 8-5 Mon - Fri
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