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.

Seed Production

February 22-26, 2021
Course will be offered in online

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.

Seed Biology and Quality

Planned for June 2021, Davis, CA USA
(Specific dates to be determined)

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.

Seed Business 101

Seed Business 101 – Field Crops in St. Charles, Illinois – Planned for August 16-20, 2021

Seed Business 101 – Horticulture in Davis, California – Planned for December 6-10, 2021

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.

Hemp Breeding and Seed Production

Planned for October 2021, Davis, CA USA

Hemp Breeding and Seed Production - A 3 half-day online 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.

Breeding with Genomics

Next course dates to be announced

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 dates to be announced

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.


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