Seed Biotechnology Center
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Seed Biotechnology Center

SBC in the News

2017

  • To learn more about China's attitudes towards GMOs, CGTN America's Rachelle Akuffo interviews SBC Director Kent Bradford. View Video
  • ASTA President & CEO Andy LaVigne testified before the U.S. House Agriculture Committee regarding The Next Farm Bill: Technology & Innovation in Specialty Crops. Read more (includes Video)
  • UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy graduates the fourth class. Read more
  • The SBC is very proud and excited to announce the release of our 2016 Annual Report! Please take a moment to read about all that has been going on in 2016 here at the SBC. Read Report (PDF)
  • Illumina has generously donated one of its most powerful sequencers, the HiSeq 4000 Sequencing System, to enable the African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC) to complete its crop sequencing project. Read more and view VIDEO
  • UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy starts Class III
  • Wal-Mart and Bayer team up to create "Sweet Spark", a designer cantaloupe
    that may be as delectable as summer. Read more
  • GMO crop approval may open door to biotech seed imports in China. Read more
  • In CSA News online, SBC Director Kent Bradford and UCD researcher Pedro Bello discuss their recent publication in Agricultural & Environmental Letters, focusing on the relationship between seed moisture content and relative humidity. Read more
  • SBC Plant Breeding Academy congratulates Dr. David Stelly, a long term PBA lecturer and contributor, on the 2017 International Cotton Advisory Committee Researcher of the Year Award. Read more
  • The SBC is proud to announce that our proposal ranked in the Top 200 out of 801 total submissions for the 100&Change MacArthur Foundation competition. This competition awards a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that will make measurable progress toward solving a significant problem. https://www.100andchange.org/#about https://www.facebook.com/macarthurfdn
  • Distinguished professor and SBC director Kent Bradford was an invited keynote at the 2nd Pakistan Seed Congress, held at the University of Agriculture in Falsalabad (UAF). To conclude the event, a training workshop was held on “Dry Chain Technology for Reducing Post Harvest Losses of Seeds and Grains”.  Read more
  • Craig Newman joins Seed Business 101 team of instructors. Craig is the former President & CEO of AgReliant Genetics, the third largest corn seed company in the U.S. Read more
  • How do you develop crops that will thrive under certain conditions when you can no longer predict what those conditions will be? SBC Director of Research Allen Van Deynze and Professor and UCD Plant Breeding Center Director Charlie Brummer weigh in. Read more
  • Along with Drs. Raj Patel and Thomas Tomich, SBC Director Kent Bradford served as a panel member at the Campus Community Book Project forum, held in March at the UCD Mondavi Center. View video
  • SBC partner the African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC)'s large-scale sequencing of African orphan crops is highlighted in genomics article "Sequencing all life captivates biologists", published in Science. See full article
  • SBC Director of Research Allen Van Deynze and UCD genetics researcher Juan Medrano featured in UNIVISION Sacramento TV news piece highlighting coffee genome research. See more
  • SBC completes another successful session of the Seed Production course • February 14-16, 2017, in Davis, CA. The fifty-nine (59) participants represented twelve (12) countries and forty-one (41) companies with wide reach. Read more
  • "Absorbent Beads Could Save Energy—and Lives" in MIT Technology Review: SBC Director Kent Bradford believes a simple ceramic bead that sucks moisture out of the air can make agriculture far more energy efficient and much less expensive. Read more
  • Dr. Robert Dirks, an outstanding scientist and plant breeder, has joined the team of the UC Davis PBA as an instructor with the upcoming EPBA Class V. Read more
  • SBC Director Kent Bradford speaks to the safety of the world’s first GMO apple, which is hitting the U.S. market next month. But, it’s not a Washington apple. Read more
  • The first public genome sequence for Coffea arabica has been released through a collaboration between SBC Director of Research Allen Van Deynze and UCD researchers Dario Cantu, Juan Medrano, and Amanda Hulse-Kemp. Read more
  • SBC Director, Dr. Kent Bradford, speaks about improving yields and embracing technology in Takepart news story, How Do We Feed a Growing World?
  • The SBC Plant Breeding Academy is among the programs highlighted in continuing education by Seed World. Read more
  • The National Council of Commercial Plant Breeders recognized SBC Director of Research, Allen Van Deynze, with the Public Plant Breeding Award. Read more
  • Dr. Kent Bradford, SBC Director, is in Food Dive feature story, What do GMO-free zones mean for farmers and food?
  • SBC Director of Research, Allen Van Deynze, talks about New Breeding Tools, New Opportunities in the latest Germination Update.
  • Seed Central Highlighted: The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities designated UCD as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity university, noting UCD's economic impact through key initiatives such as support of SBC partner program Seed Central. Read more
  • Dr. Kent Bradford, SBC Director, discusses impact of GMO labeling laws on food industry in Seed World's news story, What's Next for Biotech?
  • SBC successfully organized the 13th Annual Solanaceae Conference. The conference was the best attended to date with over 360 participants from 32 countries over 6 continents. Read about it in Seed World's story here. Then check out video interviews of researchers who attended including SBC's Allen Van Deynze, Director of Research. For conference info, sponsors, and photos, please visit Solanceae conference website.
  • Dr. Irwin Donis-Gonzalez and his lab in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering won the World Food Day Video Challenge sponsored by the UC Davis World Food Center. Watch video here. Full story here.

2016

  • SBC Director, Dr. Kent Bradford, speaks about improving yields and embracing technology in Takepart news story, How Do We Feed a Growing World?
  • The SBC Plant Breeding Academy is among the programs highlighted in continuing education by Seed World. Read more
  • SBC Director of Research, Allen Van Deynze, talks about New Breeding Tools, New Opportunities in the Germination Update.
  • Dr. Kent Bradford,S BC Director, discusses impact of GMO labeling laws on food industry in Seed World's news story, What's Next for Biotech?
  • The National Council of Commercial Plant Breeders recognized SBC Director of Research, Allen Van Deynze, with the Public Plant Breeding Award. Read more 
  • Dr. Kent Bradford, SBC Director, is in Food Dive feature story, What do GMO-free zones mean for farmers and food
  • SBC successfully organized the 13th Annual Solanaceae Conference, best attended to date. Check out Seed World's story and researcher interviews here
  • SBC Director of Research, Allen Van Deynze, is a part of the team working to change lives and improve communities in Africa through the Agricultural Greater Good Initiative. Read more
  • HM.Clause, a key sponsor of the SBC’s Kent J. Bradford Endowed Chair, was awarded the UC Davis Innovative Community Partner Award. Read more
  • Working to Increase the Number of Plant Breeders
  • SBC Director of Research, Allen Van Deynze unveils a hot new tool for pepper breeding in Nature.com article. Read more
  • The Davis Plant Breeding Academy graduates its fifth class and SBC hosts our ten-year anniversary celebration. Read more
  • Nature Genetics magazine features the research work of SBC's Director of Research, Dr. Allen Van Deynze and colleagues on the carrot genome. Read more.
  • Dr. Allen Van Deynze, SBC Director of Research, and a team of researchers succeed at identifying the full genetic code of the carrot to help improve crops. Read more. This article was also featured in Seed World Daily.
  • Carrot Genome Might Help Improve Crops. Seed World features co-author Dr. Allen Van Deynze, SBC Director of Research.
  • UC Global Food Initiative and SBC Plant Breeding students create video, "What is Plant Breeding?".
  • SBC Scientists Help Lettuce Adapt to Climate Change. SBC's Director, Dr. Kent Bradford and Alfred Huo are highlighted by Seed World.
  • UC Davis SBC to cohost the 13th Annual Solanaceae Conference, September 12-17, 2016.
  • Meet the graduates of the first UC Davis Seed Business 101 Horticulture course in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

2015

2014

2013

  • Lovell, A., October 2013. Breeding for Climate Change. SeedWorld
  • Towns, J. September 2013. Plant Breeders Look to the Future. SeedWorld
  • Kent Bradford was recently featured in the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Outlook publication. “We only have two choices to feed nine billion people by 2050,” said Bradford. “Either we increase yields on the land that is already in agricultural production, or we expand agriculture onto new land. Those are the only two options.” For the entire article by John Stumbos and Robin Deriux go to caes.ucdavis.edu
  • SeedWorld September 2013
  • SeedWorld October 2013

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