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.

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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.

SBC Founding Father Gabe Patin and Director Kent Bradford discuss benefits of Sakata’s new Woodland Innovation Center

In the December issue of Comstock Magazine, SBC Founding Father Gabe Patin and Director Kent Bradford highlighted the value of locating Sakata’s Woodland Innovation Center in the Sacramento Valley. The region’s fertile soil and ideal climate make it one of the best places in the world for seed production. In addition, its close proximity to UC Davis will allow Sakata to strengthen its already existing ties to the university. Learn more.

Ryots get access to ‘dry chain’, a cost-effective technology
During his visit to India, Dr. Kent Bradford, SBC Director, inaugurated the facility where the solar drying chambers are located and dubbed it the first comprehensive field-tested ‘dry chain’ system in India. Read article

Rare Groundcherry Could Soon Be Everywhere, Thanks to Gene Editing

SBC Director of Research, Dr. Allen Van Deynze discusses gene editing in this HOW STUFF WORKS article. Read article.  

Moringa, the next superfood

In this Washington Post story, SBC Director for Research, Dr. Allen Van Deynze was interviewed for his work with African orphan crops, moringa being one of them that can potentially be the next superfood to help feed the world. Watch video and read article

 The pitfalls of FDA’s GMO food labeling

SBC Director, Dr. Kent Bradford, was a contributor on this article. The article discusses how GMO food labeling can be misleading and false at times, and the new labeling laws in the works. Learn more

What role does California play in the U.S. food production system?

ASTA interviews Dr. Kent Bradford, SBC Director, in this video. Watch now.

In loving memory, Cris Heitmann

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
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Kent Bradford highlighted in Seed World magazine, September 2015

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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.

EUROPEAN SEED named SBC Education Director, Rale Gjuric, one of 20 most influential seed people. Read more. 


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