Dr Laura Bowden

Seed Physiologist

Telephone Number
+44(0)131 244 8891


Research interests/Areas of expertise

  • Seed vigour – improving methods for seed vigour assessment, and investigating the potential of new techniques.
  • Analysis of historical seed testing data to look into the effect of environmental and other (e.g. varietal, geographical) factors on seed quality. Implications of climate change on the quality of seed produced in Scotland.
  • Investigating the effect of biostimulants on seed quality and seedling emergence.


  • Various representative roles for the International Seed Testing Association; Seed Symposium Convenor; Member of the Moisture Committee from 2013, and Vice Chair from June 2016; Member of the Seed Science Advisory Group; Member of the Wild Species Working Group and on the Editorial Board for Seed Science and Technology from 2013.
  • Executive Committee member of the International Society for Seed Science since October 2018
  • Joined SASA in July 2010 to work as the seed physiologist for the OSTS.
  • From April 2008 I worked as a research technician at Warwick HRI on a systems biology project investigating the genetics of biotic and abiotic stress responses in Arabidopsis.
  • From 2003 to 2007 I studied for a PhD jointly at the University of Reading and the Millennium Seed Bank Project, RBG Kew.  My research focussed on seed development and factors influencing the ability to germinate, tolerate desiccation and acquire maximum longevity.