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

Educational Courses

The technical nature of plant breeding and seed production requires a highly educated workforce. A key goal of the SBC has been to provide ongoing education for professionals in the seed industry.

Hemp Breeding and Seed Production

October 29 - 30, 2019, Davis, CA USA  New course!

Hemp Breeding and Seed Production - A two-day course designed to enhance the knowledge of professionals working on hemp improvement and propagation. The course covers hemp seed production topics such as flowering, pollination, seed development, harvesting and certification. Course participants will also learn about hemp genomics, genetics, sex expression, types of cultivars with corresponding breeding schemes and intellectual property protection options. The course will be delivered in an interactive format with lectures and discussions. The instructors include experts from the public and private sectors.

Seed Business 101

Seed Business 101 – Field Crops in St. Charles, Illinois (August 19-23, 2019)

Seed Business 101 – Horticulture in Davis, California (December 9-13, 2019)

Seed Business 101 - The goal of Seed Business 101 is to enhance each participant’s career performance and help them avoid costly mistakes. The course is designed to focus on the optimum operations of the five major functional areas of a seed company. The course offers participants a broad understanding of the major aspects of a seed company’s operations and a cross-departmental knowledge of best practices for profitability.

Seed Production

February 10 - 13, 2020, Davis, CA USA

Seed Production - This course focuses on the biological, genetic, agronomic and technological processes and practices involved in the production and processing of agricultural seeds and how they influence seed quality. The course will also cover the postharvest conditioning processes and seed technology treatments that can enhance seed quality.

Breeding with Genomics

Next course is planned for 2020

Breeding with Genomics - This course is aimed at professionals who are directly or indirectly involved in plant breeding and germplasm improvement. It is an opportunity for breeders who are already using these tools to expand their knowledge of new strategies and technologies and for laboratory personnel to appreciate how the marker data that they gen­erate are applied in breeding programs.

Program Management for Plant Breeders

Next course is planned for September 2020

Program Management for Plant Breeders - Managing plant breeding and laboratory programs are becoming increasingly complex. This course is designed to enhance management skills of plant breeders and technical leads. Professionals directing these programs in agricultural research, in agribusiness development and those from the public sector will benefit from attending this course.

Seed Biology and Quality

Next course is planned for 2021

Seed Biology and Quality - This course presents the scientific background and technical protocols for assessing, enhancing and maintaining high seed quality. It is a two-day course for both beginning and experienced seed professionals.

Plant Breeding Academy

 Next academy: PBA in Davis, Class VII, Starting in September 2018


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