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

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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 and Updates

January 2018

European Seed names SBC Education Director Rale Gjuric one of 20 most influential seed people in Europe

20 Highly Influential Seeds-people in Europe in 2017
In an attempt to draw much-deserved attention to the movers and shakers in the European seed sector, European Seed put together a list of people who they view as highly influential in 2017. You may ask what makes an individual worthy of a spot on their list of the most influential seed people? They believe that each one of these incredible people have had a significant effect on the European seed sector in the past year(s)... Read article 

SBC Director of Research Allen Van Deynze and SeedQuest CEO Francois Korn featured in COMSTOCK'S January issue

SBC's Director of Research Allen Van Deynze and Seed Central's Francois Korn featured in COMSTOCK'S latest issue.
Comstock’s, a monthly business publication in the Sacramento region, has released an article in its current issue featuring UC Davis, the Seed Biotechnology Center and Seed Central illustrating the importance of modern plant breeding to the future of vegetables. Read article 
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UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy highlighted at Plant and Animal Genome conference in San Diego as educational and training component of African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC) 

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Howard-Yana Shapiro, chief agricultural officer at Mars Incorporated, who is also affiliated with UC Davis, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media lab, outlined the AOCC's goals during a session on African orphan crops at the conference. Read article 

SBC Director Kent Bradford presents in Bangkok at the Asia and Pacific Seed Association's (ASPA) annual flagship event

SBC Director Kent Bradford presents in Bangkok at the Asia and Pacific Seed Association's (ASPA) annual flagship event
For the final of seven technical sessions, APSA's Standing Committee on Seed Technology welcomed renowned seed and biotechnology academic, Professor Kent Bradford (UCDavis), whose work and expertise spans diverse areas of seed science, from seed germination and conservation to mathematical modeling and molecular biology. Prof. Bradford presented his popular and proven viability-optimising "dry chain" model for maintaining seed quality. Read more and view video

December 2017

UC Davis PBA partners with LimaGrain to deliver customized training course in France

UC Davis PBA partners with LimaGrain to deliver customized training course in France
In an ongoing effort to meet global demand for trained plant breeders, the UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy organized and delivered a customized training course as a collaborative effort with the Limagrain Academy.  Twenty five breeders based in France, Brazil, Czech Republic, India, Israel, Italy, Morocco, Netherlands, Russia, Spain and UK attended the one week course in Mons/Clermont-Ferrand, November 20-24, 2017. The core UC Davis PBA lecturers included Rale Gjuric, Allen van Deynze and Todd Wehner. UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy starts its seventh class in September of 2018. Info and Applications

The UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center Hosts Successful Seed Business 101 Horticulture course

The UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center Hosts Successful Seed Business 101 Horticulture course
The SBC congratulates graduates of the Seed Business 101 Horticulture course, held this December in Davis, CA. Thirty-three individuals from as far as Australia participated in the course. To date, more than 500 seed professionals have attended Seed Business 101 from around the world. The course is taught by widely respected seed business executives with additional help of industry experts participating as guest speakers. The team of instructors (Maurice Smith, Pieter Vandenberg, and Mike Pereira) were joined by a diverse group of expert guest speakers from both academia and industry. The SBC would also like to recognize and thank HM.Clause for hosting a tour. The next session of Seed Business 101 Horticulture will be held in December 2018 in Davis, California. Learn more

GMOs Might Feed the World If Only Investors Weren’t So Scared

GMOs Might Feed the World If Only Investors Weren’t So Scared
SBC Director Kent Bradford and UC Berkeley crop biotechnologist Peggy Lemaux discuss the detrimental effects of the campaign led by consumer activists who question the health effects of GMO foods and the drumbeat of nations that have imposed tough regulations and labeling rules in response have had on the application of these technologies in the market. But with the effects of rapidly advancing climate change shifting how and where the world gets its food, such people as Lemaux believe those who oppose genetic modification may want to reconsider. Read more

Farmer Breaks Ground with California-grown Coffee Success

Coffee is grown in more than 50 countries worldwide but never commercially viable in the U.S. -- until now. Outside Santa Barbara, CA., coffee grower Jay Ruskey has the coffee world buzzing. Working on coffee grown by Jay's company, SBC Director of Research Allen Van Deynze and UCD colleagues Juan Medrano and Dario Cantu released the coffee genome last January and are continuing to improve on it along with Amanda Hulse-Kemp (USDA/ARS). View video and article

UC Davis researchers awarded FFAR grant for testing new drying beads to reduce food waste and energy use

Kent Bradford, FFAR Grant 2017, Drying beads
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a nonprofit established in the 2014 Farm Bill with bipartisan congressional support, awarded a $790,000 Seeding Solutions grant to UC Davis researchers. The grant supports research that will test a new technology, called Drying Beads, to improve the drying methods used in food production. Drying Beads were developed by SBC Director Kent Bradford, Johan Van Asbrouck (Rhino Research) and other researchers. Read more

No crop left behind: Improving the plants that Africans eat and breeders neglect

SBC African Plant Breeding Academy
The SBC is very proud of the meaningful impact that the combined efforts of the African Plant Breeding Academy and The African Orphan Crops Consortium is having on the improvement of orphan crop quality and nutritional value. "The academy has, since its foundation, brought in 81 researchers from all parts of Africa for what are, in effect, masterclasses from the world’s top plant-breeding specialists. These include lectures on the consortium’s latest results, so that the visitors can begin to apply those results to their work." Read more @
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Marc Zienkiewicz highlights the recent ISSS Conference in the January 2018 online issue of GERMINATION: These People Know How Powerful Seeds Really Are Seeds may be tiny, but that doesn’t make them any less powerful. These miniature powerhouses are what keep life as know it going, and they’re poised to literally fuel a world expected to reach nine billion by 2050. Read more @

CSA Fall Seed Tours

Randi Jimenez, CSA Student Tours
The California Seed Association's Industry Communications & Youth Activities Committee sponsored another successful Fall Seed Tour for Students in the Salinas Valley. SBC's own Randi Jimenez is featured in the video piece. View Video
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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.

2016 Annual Report

Seed Biotechnology Center, UC Davis, Annual Report 2016


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