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

Seed Production

This 3 day course is designed to enhance participants’ knowledge of the underlying biology of seed production and the key roles of bees and other insect pollinators, how to manage seed crops from agronomic, quality control, and genetic integrity standpoints, and how to meet new challenges through seed production research. The course is being offered again after a very successful initial offering in February 2016.

Targeted participants include seed production professionals and others who would benefit by knowing more about how to grow, manage and process crops for seed and to attain and enhance seed quality. Participant interactions are fostered and reinforced by break-out group discussions addressing the key topics presented.

A team of widely respected instructors, including Mike Pereira from the seed industry, Kent Bradford and Rale Gjuric from the UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center, and Greg Welbaum from Virginia Tech University, will be back to teach this course. In addition, a number of seed production professionals from both UC Davis and the industry will participate as guest presenters to add their insights on specific topics.

The course includes wet-seeded vegetable crops (cucurbits, tomatoes and peppers), dry-seeded vegetable crops (brassicas, carrots, onions, spinach and lettuce), and agronomic crops (sunflower, alfalfa and forages, canola, cereals and corn). Attention is also given to organic seed production.

The course format includes both plenary sessions and separate concurrent vegetable and agronomic crop sessions in order to focus more closely on topics that are specific to these crop groups.

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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