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National Seed Laboratory
5675 Riggins Mill Rd
Dry Branch, GA 31020

(478) 751-3551

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Most native plants used for ecosystem conservation and restoration are propagated exclusively from seeds. Sufficient quantities of seeds are needed to restore and sustain native plant communities that are increasingly affected by invasive species, pest infestations, wildfire, and climate change. Successful seed production requires knowledge of seed development, cleaning, germination, and storage procedures, known collectively as seed science and technology. The National Seed Laboratory (NSL) is currently addressing these complex challenges and is serving as the primary national strategic resource for forest ecosystem seed science and technology.


Penstemon speciosus flowerNative Plant Protocol Development - Protocol development for seed handling, germination and storage
of a wide range of native plant seeds. more plant protocol development

 


Training and Technology Transfer - Provides training materials, workshops, and customized seed testing workshopindividual training programs and collaborates with research and production facilities nationwide.more training technology transfer

 


Genetic Conservation - asteraceae pluchea sericea_arrow-weed flowerSome native plant species are at risk due to insects, disease, invasive weeds, overuse by humans, and/or inherent biology. Seeds, from these species, can be conserved for decades. Samples are provided for domestic and international research and sample data is maintained in an internet accessible data base.more genetic conservation


International Work -Certification of seed quality and genetic identity IUFRO posteris needed for seeds traded between countries. NSL is an accredited member of the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) and represents the US government at the Forest Reproductive Materials Scheme of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development. Technical assistance is provided and numerous seed workers from other countries have visited the NSL for training in seed technology. more international work

 


Individual testing seedSeed Testing Services - Seed tests for private industry, state governments, and federal agencies. Results are used in forest and conservation nurseries to make efficient use of seeds, to evaluate seed quality in processing plants and as the basis for seed price determination.more seed testing services

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Restoring Damaged Lands

 

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