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

Seed Production

The Seed Biotechnology Center is pleased to offer a new advanced course on Seed Production. This course was developed as a result of feedback from the seed industry. 

The 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 intent of seed production programs is to obtain the highest possible yield, consistent with simultaneously maintaining the highest possible quality. In order to achieve these dual objectives, it is important to understand the genetic and biological basis of seed production of modern cultivars and how seed quality is affected by the management practices utilized. The course will also cover the postharvest conditioning processes and seed technology treatments that can enhance seed quality.

The course is targeted to professionals in the seed industry who wish to learn the latest practices and developments in these topics. The course is taught by experts from both academia and the seed industry and will focus primarily on horticultural crops as well as selected agronomic crops (sunflower, alfalfa, canola). The content will be delivered through lectures, case studies and group discussions. 

Course Topics

• Flowering and pollination
• Hybrid seed production
• Genetic purity
• Production factors influencing seed quality
• Specific practices for each crop (vegetables, alfalfa, sunflower, canola)
• Harvesting
• Conditioning
• Enhancement
• Storage

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.

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. 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. 




 Rale Gjuric, SBC Education Director, is also the 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; his M.Sc. from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia; and his B.Sc. from the University of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, Macedonia. 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.


MIke Pereira

 Mike Pereira has 35 years experience in seeds, 29 years in vegetable seed quality assurance, seed production and product liability, and the last 6 years in biofuels feedstock seed production.  Mike has extensive experience in forming and leading global seed production organizations and in establishing new production areas, including Northwest China and Peru. In biofuels, he established the first hybrid seed system for Miscanthus, an ethanol feedstock, and is currently VP, Agricultural Operations for SGB, Inc., focused on hybrid seed production and plantation research of Jatropha, a feedstock source for biodiesel, jet fuel, protein, and biomass.
Mike has a B.S. in Biology from the University of San Francisco and an M.S in International Agricultural Development from UC Davis.


Gregory Welbaum
Greg Welbaum received his BS degree in Horticulture from The Ohio State University and MS and Ph.D. degrees from UC Davis. Greg did post-doctoral research with the Cell and Molecular Biology Research Group of the Hawaiian Sugar Planters’ Association in Aiea, Hawaii before joining the faculty member in the Department of Horticulture at Virginia Tech in 1990. At Virginia Tech, Greg teaches both online and web-based distance learning courses on vegetable crops, vegetable seed production, medicinal plants and herbs, and world crops.  He conducts research on seed biology, seed technology, and stand establishment. He is the author of the book Vegetable Crops: Principles and Practices published by CAB International. 




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