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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
China's decision to approve the use of two new varieties of genetically modified crops may signal a willingness to allow US agricultural companies to market biotech seeds on the mainland. "China has done a huge amount of internal research on GM crops, and there are many benefits that could come to farmers and consumers there if those products are allowed to be sold," SBC Director Kent Bradford said. China has been wary of genetically modified (GM) crops and seeds, citing safety concerns. Bradford said that stance seems to be changing. Read full article
Major retailer Wal-Mart wanted melons in winter to be as delectable as summer. So they have teamed up with seed experts at German agriculture giant Bayer AG to help develop a bespoke melon that’s pleasing to the palate but still tough enough for the trek from warmer climes. “When you’re as big as Wal-Mart, you can dictate a lot of what you want to see in produce,’’ said Kent Bradford, a professor and director of the Seed Biotechnology Center at UC Davis. Read full article
The UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy started its third class of students with a session in Nairobi, Kenya, May 15-27, 2017. The program is organized in collaboration with The African Union New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency and the African Orphan Crops Consortium. The third class of the UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy consists of 34 breeders, half of whom are women, representing 18 African nations. Over the next thirteen months, they will spend more than 300 hours in classes, workshops and the field, training to complete this premium professional certification program.
Illumina has generously donated one of its most powerful sequencers, the HiSeq 4000 Sequencing System, to enable the African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC) to complete its crop sequencing project. In addition to the 101 crop species being sequenced, the instrument, which is housed at the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) in Nairobi, will be used with our African Plant Breeding Academy instructors to train practicing African plant breeders on how to use genomics to increase nutrition and crop yields.
View AOCC 2017 Progress Report
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Applications now being accepted for:
• PBA in EUROPE: Class V starts October 2017 http://pba.ucdavis.edu/PBA_in_Europe/PBA_in_Europe_Class_V/
• PBA Advanced Module: November 7-9, 2017 http://pba.ucdavis.edu/PBA_Advanced_Module/
Johan Van Asbrouck shared their experiences on recent developments in the "dry chain" technologies for handling and storing seeds. Read more
UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy (EPBA) recently completed a successful session in Almeria, Spain.UAL) and seed companies in the area, including Monsanto Vegetable Seeds and Rijk Zwaan Ibérica. Read more
Upcoming Courses & Events
European Plant Breeding Academy - Class V Session 1
Date: October 2, 2017 - October 7, 2017
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.