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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 & Updates
Study Finds Indigenous Mexican Variety of Corn Captures the Nitrogen It Needs from the Air
A team of researchers including SBC Director of Research, Dr. Allen Van Deynze and Cristobal Heitmann, discover an indigenous variety of corn that can “fix nitrogen” from the atmosphere, instead of requiring synthetic fertilizers. Cristobal Heitman, “Cris”, was a beloved member of the UC Davis Plant Sciences Department. Cris’s energy and enthusiasm were a major catalyst in this research. Read more.
ASTA interviews Dr. Kent Bradford, SBC Director, in this video. Watch now.
Read all about our 2017 educational courses, people, research, outreach, public service and other activities in our newly-released Annual Report.
Scientific American interviews Dr. Allen Van Deynze, SBC Director of Research. Listen to Podcast.
Together the SBC African Plant Breeding and the African Orphan Crop Consortium (AOCC) are working to change the world’s food systems in response to “Earth Overshoot Day”. Read more.
A team of researchers and Dr. Kent Bradford, SBC Director, discovered genes that will enable plant breeders to develop lettuce varieties that can grow in high temps. Full article.
SBC Director of Research, Dr. Allen Van Deynze speaks to Voice of America about the use and impact of high-tech agricultures tools in planting seeds for today and the future. Listen
Seed Central receives award from UC Davis Chancellor's Office
Allen Van Deynze talks about breeding better tomatoes
@tomatowellness TomatoWellness.com FarmToTableTalk.com
Rale Gjuric named one of 20 most influential seed people
Read about Rale in European Seed article; Full article
SBC graduate student Cris Heitmann passed away on April 17, 2018 in a bicycle accident. He will be profoundly missed by colleagues, friends and family.
Learn more about Cris • Cris Heitmann
Upcoming Courses & Events
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.