Mississippi State University has merged two units that conduct research for the agriculture and forestry industry.

School officials say the Mississippi Variety Testing and Mississippi Foundation Seed Stocks have worked together for more than a decade. Both are research support units in the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.

Mississippi Variety Testing evaluates the performance of commercially available varieties of corn, soybeans, wheat, sorghum, peanuts and oats.

The Foundation Seed Unit provides certified seed producers with a consistent, high-quality source for both newly developed and existing public plant varieties. It produces several varieties of clover, rice, and sweet sorghum. The unit also produces Eastern Gamma grass, Japanese Millet, Partridge Pea and Wild Soybean.