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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.
The SBC is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year!
We are appreciating the past and looking forward. On September 12, 2019 at the International Center, UC Davis,the SBC will host a day-long event with panels highlighting researchers, students, industry representatives and policy makers. The day will conclude with Seed Central’s monthly networking event.
EVENT SCHEDULE: Flier (PDF) • Print-friendly version
This is a free event: TICKETS
SBC highlights a successful year in 2018 Annual Report
SBC Director Kent Bradford featured on UC ANR's weekly video
SBC researchers receive Science Translation and Innovative Research (STAIR™) Grant award
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SBC Master's Student Samantha Hilbourn visits Washington
Dry Chain Webinar with Kent Bradford
Allen Van Deynze Receives Excellence in Research Award
The UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center’s Plant Breeding Academy aims to train 150 breeders, connecting them to research resources and funding while empowering them to apply their knowledge to their traditional crops and communities. Read more.
UC Davis' Department of Plant Sciences shares how PBA is changing the global food supply one scientist at a time. Read article.
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
Upcoming Courses & Events
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.