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

Hemp Breeding and Seed Production

Hemp Breeding and Seed Production is an 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.

To be offered on-line November 2-4, 2021

Course Topics

• Hemp reproductive biology
• Genetics and genomics
  • Genetic diversity 
  • Chemotypes, Chemistry
• Types of cultivars and breeding schemes
• Biology and physiology of seed development
• Seed production flowering, pollination, seed development, harvesting
• Seed Certification
• Intellectual property protection

Hemp Breeding and Seed Production Instructors

This course is taught by experts from both industry and academia.
This is a great chance to interact with experts in the field!

List of Lecturers
• Kent Bradford, UC Davis
• Charlie Brummer, UC Davis
• Rale Gjuric, UC Davis
• Chris Holly, Cooley LLP
• Daniel Knauss, Cooley LLP
• John Palmer, UC Davis
• Zamir Punja, Simon Fraser University
• K. Bear Reel, Charlotte's Web, Inc.
• Lawrence B. Smart, Cornell University
• Nicholas Stromberg, Beacon Hemp
• John Yoder, UC Davis

Kent Bradford, UC Davis
Kent J. Bradford, Professor, Department of Plant Sciences and the founding Director of the Seed Biotechnology Center, University of California, Davis, CA, USA. His research is focused on the development, maintenance, and expression of seed quality; plant water relations; developmental and growth regulation. He teaches university and extension courses on plant physiology, seed biology, biotechnology, ethics and philosophy of science. Kent received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biochemistry and Horticulture from Michigan State University and received his Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from UC Davis in 1981.

Charles Brummer, UC Davis
Charlie Brummer, Director, UC Davis Plant Breeding Center and Professor, Department of Plant Science. His research program focuses on developing cultivars and germplasm of alfalfa, spinach, and hemp. His research has focused primarily on investigating ways to improve yield and quality using traditional breeding and molecular markers. His current research projects include improving yield through the use of high density, genome-wide SNP markers to implement genomic selection.

Founder and president of HAPLOTECH Inc.
Rale Gjuric, Founder and president of HAPLOTECH Inc., a company specialized in technical services and consulting in plant breeding. Dr. Gjuric received his Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba, Canada. Previously, he served as Director of Education, Seed Biotechnology Center, and UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy; held positions of Breeding Manager of DL Seeds; Research and Managing Director of DSV Canada. Under his management, UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy program has expanded and branched to Europe, Asia and Africa, making it the most recognized program of its kind. He was also instrumental in establishing and delivering a number of short courses catered to the needs of seed industry professionals. Dr. Gjuric is an accomplished plant breeder with numerous canola varieties and hybrids released in his 15 years in the private sector. His current focus is in service to the plant breeding industry with special interest in organization and optimization of plant breeding programs.  Under his management, Haplotech is also actively involved in industrial hemp breeding

Chris Holly is a partner at Cooley LLP and helps lead the Agricultural Science patent group, where his practice focuses upon helping clients in the synthetic biology, agriculture, microbiology, biotechnology, and food industries create and leverage robust IP portfolios. Chris has vast experience in helping disruptive startup companies in these sectors carve out valuable IP space, monetize such, and position themselves for acquisition, IPO, or successful commercial launch. Chris obtained a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Mississippi State University with research funded by the USDA and focused upon microbial and plant community dynamics in agricultural systems.

Daniel Knauss is a partner at Cooley LLP. His practice focuses on life sciences intellectual property litigation. He counsels clients regarding disputes in a wide variety of technologies areas, including cancer medicines, antiviral therapeutics, biofuels, agriculture, and medical devices. He has been to trial in federal courts, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and the International Trade Commission.

John Palmer, UC Davis
John Palmer has over forty years of experience in California agriculture. He holds a BS degree in Plant Science from UC Davis and a MS degree in Agronomy from Kansas State University. From 1980 through 2014, he held various positions in Plant Management, Farm Management, Research & Development, Plant Breeding, Sales & Marketing, and Production & Operations for a number of agricultural firms including J. G. Boswell Company, Dow AgroSciences, California Planting Cotton Seed Distributers, Bayer CropScience, Absorbent Technologies, Cal/West Seeds, and Alforex Seeds. In January 2015, he became the Executive Director of the California Crop Improvement Association (the official seed certifying agency in California). In January 2016, he took on the additional role of Director of the UC Davis Foundation Seed Program.

Zamir Punja, SFU
Zamir Punja completed a BSc degree in Plant Sciences at the University of BC, and MSc and PhD degrees in plant pathology from the University of California, Davis. He joined Campbell Soup Company and worked jointly with North Carolina State University, Raleigh on carrot diseases. He was Manager of plant biotechnology for Campbell’s until 1989, when he left to join Simon Fraser University in Canada. Zamir’s research investigates the causes and management of plant diseases on vegetable and horticultural crops, and cannabis, and include the applications of plant biotechnology for disease management. His previous work with greenhouse vegetables, ginseng, blueberry and wasabi have led to many research publications. His lab is currently developing methods for identifying and managing new and emerging diseases of cannabis. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Phytopathological Society and the recipient of numerous research and teaching awards. These include the Sterling Prize for Controversy for his work on genetically modified foods and the Synergy Award for university-industry collaborations.

Bear Reel, Charlotte's Web
Bear Reel is the Senior Director of Cultivation R&D for Charlotte’s Web Inc., the market leader for high quality hemp derived CBD extracts. While at Charlotte’s Web, Ms. Reel established a new division where she drives the company’s plant breeding strategies, creation of new patented hemp varieties, seed production efforts, and integrating molecular technologies. She oversees a growing team of scientific minds and seed producers, while engaging directly with hemp farmers and growers across the country. She is most excited about researching hemp’s underlying genetic mechanisms of phytochemical profile expression and the subsequent applications for human health. Ms. Reel has been in the hemp industry since 2014 and has intimate knowledge of hemp regulations, tissue culture, cultivation practices, extraction techniques, and cGMP compliance. Today she works most closely with generating high CBD hybrid varieties of feminized seed for the outdoor hemp industry.

Larry Smart, Professor of Horticulture, Cornell University
Lawrence Smart, Professor of Horticulture, Cornell University, is a plant geneticist and breeder using genomic tools to select improved varieties of shrub willow for bioenergy and to better understand hybrid vigor, sex determination, and disease resistance. More recently, he has been leading Cornell’s hemp research and extension team and has initiated a long-term breeding program to develop new hemp cultivars for New York State.

Nicholas Stromberg, Beacon Hemp
Nicholas Stromberg, Cannabis plant breeder and horticulturalist from Northern California, attended UC Davis receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Horticulture and a Master’s degree in Horticulture and Agronomy. He has been growing Cannabis since 2006  and  breeding high CBD chemovars since 2012 under California’s Proposition 215. In 2016 Stromberg began growing, selecting, and breeding at acreage scale under Oregonian hemp regulations. In 2019 Stromberg founded Beacon Hemp, an industrial hemp breeding and seed production company specializing in feminized seed, high and rare cannabinoids, day-neutral, and co-product cultivars. In addition to his work in industrial hemp, Stromberg also has worked as a collaborator with Steep Hill Labs in genomic  analyses  method  development and  as Director of Horticulture for several medical and recreational Cannabis companies, including CannaCraft and its affiliates.

John Yoder, UC Davis
John Yoder, Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, and his research team investigate molecular genetic mechanisms governing plant-plant interactions. They are specifically interested in understanding how molecules released by the roots of some plants effect the growth and development of nearby plants and intend to translate these findings into developing crops that are self- weeding. Probably the most robust model for investigating chemical signaling between plants are parasitic plants in the Orobanchaceae because their root parasites use molecules released into the rhizosphere by host roots as chemical cues to initiate the development of invasive haustoria.

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