Seed Biotechnology Center
Seed Biotechnology Center
Seed Biotechnology Center
University of California
Seed Biotechnology Center

Welcome to the SBC


The mission of the Seed Biotechnology Center (SBC) is to mobilize the research, educational and outreach resources of UC Davis in partnership with the seed and biotechnology industries to facilitate discovery and commercialization of new seed technologies for agricultural and consumer benefit.

News and Updates

May 2017

In the May issue of CSA News online, SBC Director Kent Bradford and UCD researcher Pedro Bello discuss their recent publication in Agricultural & Environmental Letters, focusing on the relationship between seed moisture content and relative humidity and describing a simple way to measure the relative humidity of products. Read more

April 2017

SBC Plant Breeding Academy congratulates Dr. David Stelly, a long term PBA lecturer and contributor, on the 2017 International Cotton Advisory Committee Researcher of the Year Award. Read more

Applications now being accepted for:
• PBA in EUROPE: Class V starts October 2017
• PBA Advanced Module: November 7-9, 2017

100&Change MacArthur Foundation competition
The SBC is proud to announce that our proposal ranked in the Top 200 for the 100&Change MacArthur Foundation competition. The 100&Change competition awards a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that will make measurable progress toward solving a significant problem. With 801 total submissions from all around the globe, the Top 200 is an exciting accomplishment!

Distinguished professor and SBC director Kent Bradford was an invited keynote at the 2nd Pakistan Seed Congress, held at the University of Agriculture in Falsalabad (UAF). Technical sessions were led by local and international keynote speakers under the theme of “Seed Security for Sustainable Agriculture”. To conclude the event, a training workshop was held on “Dry Chain Technology for Reducing Post Harvest Losses of Seeds and Grains”, where Kent and Johan Van Asbrouck shared their experiences on recent developments in the "dry chain" technologies for handling and storing seeds. Read more

March 2017

UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy (EPBA) recently completed a successful session in Almeria, Spain.

European PBA, Almeria Spain
The students and instructors enjoyed the hospitality of the University of Almeria (UAL) and seed companies in the area, including Monsanto Vegetable Seeds and Rijk Zwaan Ibérica.The UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy is a premium professional certificate program offered USA, Europe and Africa. To date, one hundred seventy one (235) industry and public breeders have attended the UC Davis PBA, making it the most significant program of its kind. Read more

Craig Newman
Craig Newman joins Seed Business 101 team of instructors. Craig is the former President & CEO of AgReliant Genetics, the third largest corn seed company in the U.S. Prior to being named CEO in 2012, Craig served as the company’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing since its inception in 2000. Read more

How do you develop crops that will thrive under certain conditions when you can no longer predict what those conditions will be? SBC Director of Research Allen Van Deynze and Professor and UCD Plant Breeding Center Director Charlie Brummer weigh in: UC Davis News online article "Breeding Crops Today for an Uncertain Tomorrow". Read more

Along with Drs. Raj Patel and Thomas Tomich, SBC Director Kent Bradford served as a panel member at the Campus Community Book Project forum, held in March at the UCD Mondavi Center. The 2016-17 book project addresses food and security, hunger and poverty, featuring Dr. Raj Patel and his book Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System. The Campus Community Book Project (CCBP) was initiated to promote dialogue and build community by encouraging diverse members of the campus and surrounding communities to read the same book and attend related events. View video

SBC partner the African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC)'s large-scale sequencing of African orphan crops is highlighted in genomics article "Sequencing all life captivates biologists", published in Science. See full article

February 2017

Allen Van Deynze, video frame
SBC Director of Research Allen Van Deynze and UCD genetics researcher Juan Medrano featured in UNIVISION Sacramento TV news piece highlighting coffee genome research: Importante avance científico podría permitir cultivo de café en California (Important scientific breakthrough could allow coffee cultivation in California). See more

Seed Production course participants, Feb. 2017
SBC completes another successful session of the Seed Production course • February 14-16, 2017, in Davis, CA. The fifty-nine (59) participants represented twelve (12) countries and forty-one (41) companies with regional, national and international reach. Read more

Drying beads
"Absorbent Beads Could Save Energy—and Lives" in MIT Technology Review: SBC Director Kent Bradford believes a simple ceramic bead that sucks moisture out of the air can make agriculture far more energy efficient and much less expensive. The beads were developed by Rhino Research in Thailand. Bradford and his collaborators there have spent several years testing and refining the technology. Read more

Dr. Robert Dirks
Dr. Robert Dirks, an outstanding scientist and plant breeder, has joined the team of the UC Davis PBA as an instructor with the upcoming EPBA Class V. He recently retired from his position of Research Manager with Rijk Zwaan and will focus on service to the plant breeding industry. European PBA applications are now being acceptedRead more

SBC Director Kent Bradford speaks to the safety of the world’s first GMO apple, which is hitting the U.S. market next month. But, it’s not a Washington apple. The Arctic Apple is produced by Canada’s Okanagan Specialty Fruits... Read more

Upcoming Courses & Events

European Plant Breeding Academy - Class V Session 1
Date: October 2, 2017 - October 7, 2017

Session 1: Oct 2 - 7, 2017 Location: Enkhuizen, Netherlands

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Kent Bradford highlighted in Seed World magazine, September 2015

featured in 
Seed World Magazine
Two plant sciences professors-- Kent Bradford and Gurdev Khush are among  SEED WORLD magazines's picks for its list of 100 most transformational men and women in the seed industry in the last 100 years.

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