Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture
Laura Bowden received her PhD from the University of Reading in 2007, after studying variation in seed development and seed longevity in a collaborative project with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Laura now works as the seed physiologist for the Official Seed Testing Station, Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture, where she has been since 2010. Laura’s research focuses on the physiology and quality of seeds of crop species, with a particular interest in understanding seed vigour. She is active within the International Seed Testing Association, as the convenor of the tri-annual ISTA Seed Symposium, Vice-Chair of the Moisture Committee, and is a member of the Seed Science Advisory Group.