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

April 2018

ASTA's 2017 Media Tour
The SBC and California seed industry is highlighted in ASTA's 2017 Media Tour video, which emphasizes the importance of plant breeding technology to our food supply and variety 
ASTA's 2017 Media Tour video @BetterSeedBetterLife

American Seed Trade Association California Media Tour, 2017

Developing Baby Leaf Spinach with Reduced Cadmium Accumulation

A recent UC ANR online article highlighted the work of SBC graduate student Rachel F. Greenhut. Working with fellow UC researchers Juliana Osorio Marin, Richard Smith, Timothy Hartz, Allen Van Deynze and Charles Brummer, Rachel's studies aimed at the development of spinach cultivars with low Cadmium (Cd) accumulation. Cadmium is a rare but toxic element, and strategies used by California farmers to reduce the Cd content are to not grow spinach on high Cd soils and on soils with moderate levels of Cd, fertilizing with zinc to reduce Cd uptake by plants. A valuable tool to help growers reduce Cd levels in spinach would be the use of cultivars that take up less Cd. Read UC ANR blog post

March 2018

CAST Report examines the current U.S. regulatory system for GE crops

CAST report
Recent CAST report "Regulatory Barriers to the Development of Innovative Agricultural Biotechnology by Small Businesses and Universities", co-authored by SBC Director Kent Bradford, examines the current U.S. regulatory system for genetically engineered (GE) crops, compares it with those of major trading partners, and considers the effects it has on agricultural biotechnology. Led by Task Force Chair Alan McHughen, Dr. Bradford and other task force experts show that despite foundational contributions requiring considerable public resource commitments for GE crop innovation and development, academic institutions and small private entities have been almost entirely excluded from the agricultural biotechnology market. 
Read report • Read UC Davis Dept. of Plant Sciences blog post • The report was presented by Alan McHughen at the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology in Ames, Iowa on March 22. View video

Kent Bradford featured in El Campo article

Kent Bradford featured in El Campo article
El Campo, an important Chilean publication relating to the national agricultural sector, featured SBC Director Kent Bradford in a recent article describing how increasing deaths due to contaminated food have driven different countries to strengthen the stages of production and distribution in order to prevent diseases. In addition, ready-to-eat food, online shopping and healthy products as current trends are discussed. El Campo is a supplement of El Mercurio newspaper. Read article
(PDF includes English translation for Title and Sections 1, 2 and 3)

February 2018

SBC congratulates graduates of Breeding with Genomics course

SBC congratulates graduates of the Breeding with Genomics course
For the eighth time since 2004, Breeding with Genomics was offered on February 13-15, 2018 at UC Davis. Sixteen individuals from the US, Chile and Italy participated in the course. Instructors included Allen Van Deynze, Richard Michelmore, Paul Gepts, and Patrick J. Brown (all from UC Davis); Shawn Yarnes (Integrated Breeding Platform); and David Francis (The Ohio State University). The course covered diverse topics, including DNA markers, genotype by sequencing, marker-assisted backcrossing, molecular breeding in bean, breeding for disease resistance, and genome selection including hands on sessions in QTL mapping and application of Best Linear Unbiased Prediction.

The course is a part of a series of courses in plant breeding and seed technology including The UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy (PBA), a premium professional certificate program offered in the USA, Europe and Africa. To date, 281 breeders from over 60 countries have attended the UC Davis PBA, making it the most significant program of its kind. Applications are now being accepted for the 7th class of the Plant Breeding Academy in the USA beginning in September of 2018. For more information on the UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy visit or contact Joy Patterson at

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) 

Bambara groundnut
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

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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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