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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.
UC Davis' Department of Plant Sciences shares how PBA is changing the global food supply one scientist at a time. Read article.
Comstock Magazine 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.
Scientists are working on growing a spicy tomato. Dr. Allen Van Deyneze, SBC Director of Research shares his insight on the research. Read article.
Allen Van Deynze, Director of Research, Seed Biotechnology Center, University of California, Davis and Scientific Director of the African Orphan Crops Consortium highlights effort to accelerate the ability of African scientists to develop better seeds and improve the diets of Africa’s children. Learn more
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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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.