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 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.

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.

Confirmed Lecturers
• Kent Bradford, UC Davis
• Charlie Brummer, UC Davis
• Dario Cantu, UC Davis
• Rale Gjuric, UC Davis
• John Palmer, UC Davis
• Allen Van Deynze, UC Davis
• John Yoder, UC Davis
• Lawrence B. Smart, Cornell University
• K. Bear Reel, Charlotte's Web, Inc.
• Chris Holly, Cooley LLP
• Daniel Knauss, Cooley LLP

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
Charles Brummer, Professor, Department of Plant Sciences and Director of the UC Davis Plant Breeding Center. His research program focuses on developing cultivars and germplasm of alfalfa and other crops for forage and bioenergy uses. His research has focused primarily on investigating ways to improve biomass yield, from traditional breeding method enhancements to the use of molecular markers. His current research projects include improving yield through the use of high density, genome-wide SNP markers to implement genomic selection.


Dario Cantu was born and raised in Milan, Italy, where he received his undergraduate training and his Master degree in Agricultural Sciences in Fall 2004. He then joined the Plant Biology Graduate Group at UC Davis and obtained his PhD in Fall 2009. Dario joined the Viticulture and Enology Department in 2012 and his research focuses on the use of genomics and bioinformatics to dissect the molecular networks underlying grapevine responses to the environment, including biotic and abiotic stresses. Research topics range from (i) grapevine resistance to pathogens, (ii) the evolution of pathogenicity in fungal plant pathogens, (iii) berry ripening and its association with pathogens and microbial communities, and (iv) the molecular determinants of fruit development and ripening.


Rale Gjuric, Director of Education, Seed Biotechnology Center. He is the 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 held the positions of Breeding Manager of DL Seeds; Research and Managing Director of DSV Canada; all in Winnipeg Canada. 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, 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.


John Palmer, UC Davis
John Palmer has over thirty-seven 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.


Allen Van Deynze
Allen Van Deynze, Director of Research at the Seed Biotechnology Center (SBC) and Associate Director of the Plant Breeding Center (PBC) at University of California, Davis. His research focuses on developing and integrating genomics into plant breeding of California crops. He has programs on breeding for disease resistance and quality in pepper and spinach, and development and application of genomics in crops. With Dr. Kent Bradford he co-developed and is organizer for the Plant Breeding Academysm and past chair of the US Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee. He has been involved in International and National policy including US Regulations for Biotechnology. He is an instructor for the African Plant Breeding Academy and scientific co-leader for the African Orphan Crops Consortium.


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.


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


Bear Reel is the Director of Plant Biology at Charlotte’s Web Inc., the market leader for hemp derived CBD products. She oversees all cultivation research efforts including the breeding program, seed production, and integrating new technologies. She has over 4 years of experience in the hemp industry with intimate knowledge of cGMP regulations, extraction techniques, tissue culture, and horticultural practices. She received her higher education in plant molecular biology and quantitative genetics, and is also a certified herbalist.


Dr. Chris Holly, Associate, Cooley LLP and Cooley (UK) LLP. His practice focuses upon helping clients in the agriculture, food, microbiology and biotechnology industries create and leverage robust IP portfolios. He has a vast experience in helping startup companies in the human and agricultural microbiome sector carve out valuable space in this emerging IP landscape.


Daniel Knauss, Partner, Cooley LLP and Cooley (UK) LLP. His litigation practice focuses on intellectual property, with an emphasis on life sciences. He litigates patent infringement and contract disputes concerning a variety of technologies, 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.



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