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

Welcome to the SBC



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

December 2016

SBC Director, Dr. Kent Bradford, speaks about improving yields and embracing technology in Takepart news story, How Do We Feed a Growing World?

The SBC Plant Breeding Academy is among the programs highlighted in continuing education by Seed World. Read more

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The National Council of Commercial Plant Breeders recognized SBC Director of Research, Allen Van Deynze, with the Public Plant Breeding Award. Read more 



November 2016

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Dr. Kent Bradford, SBC Director, is in Food Dive feature story, What do GMO-free zones mean for farmers and food

SBC Director of Research, Allen Van Deynze, talks about New Breeding Tools, New Opportunities in the latest Germination Update.

October 2016

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Dr. Kent Bradford,S BC Director, discusses impact of GMO labeling laws on food industry in Seed World's news story, What's Next for Biotech?


SBC successfully organized the 13th Annual Solanaceae Conference. The conference was the best attended to date with over 350 participants from 34 different countries. Read about it in Seed World's story here. Then check out video interviews of researchers who attended including SBC's Allen Van Deynze, Director of Research. For conference info, sponsors, and photos, please visit Solanceae conference website.

Dr. Irwin Donis-Gonzalez and his lab in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering won the World Food Day Video Challenge sponsored by the UC Davis World Food Center. Watch video here. Full story here.

September 2016

UC Davis Program Management for Plant Breeders 

Larry Teuber Memorial Scholarship Recipient
Larry Teuber Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Twenty-five breeders/researchers representing public and private organizations from USA, Canada, Costa Rica, France, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Taiwan and Turkey, participated in the third offering of the course Program Management for Plant Breeders - September 20-22, 2016, Davis, CA. Participants included the recipient of the “Larry Teuber Memorial Scholarship”, Kay Watt, a PhD student at UC Davis.

Seed Business 101SM goes to Durham, North Carolina

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SBC completed another successful session of the Seed Business 101 course (Field Crop curriculum), September 12-16, 2016, in Durham, NC. 

Continuing to fill the critical need for trained plant breeders, the University of California, Davis Plant Breeding AcademySM (PBA) started its sixth class of students this month with a session in Davis, California. 

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Upcoming Courses & Events

African Plant Breeding Academy - Deadline to Apply
Date: January 27, 2017

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European Plant Breeding Academy - Early Bird Discount Ends
Date: March 31, 2017

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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.

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