eNews October 2020
Message from our Director
Summer has been productive for the SBC with more transitions and exciting news. Rale Gjuric, director of our education programs, retired July 1st after 10 years with the SBC. Rale was instrumental in developing our professional programs and, in large part, their success. Rale brought the business model for the programs along with decades of experience in plant breeding. He is a natural instructor who not only taught the concepts, but always translated on how to bring them to practice. This is the foundation of all of our professional classes. Rale co-developed and taught courses from our Plant Breeding Academies (now on 4 continents), Management of Plant Breeding Programs, Seed Business 101 (Hort and Field Crops) and Seed Production classes. He will be dearly missed and we wish him the very best.
We are excited to announce that Jovan Djordjevic has joined the SBC as Executive Director. Jovan will manage and teach in our professional classes. Jovan was the global lead of Plant Breeding for BASF Vegetable Seeds for the last 8 years and has 20 years of experience as a canola breeder and corn breeder with Monsanto in France and Canada. Jovan is known for his development of plant breeding programs and mentorship of employees. He has been an advisor for the SBC for the past 8 years, thus knows us well. He is coming at a perfect time to continue and further develop our programs. For example, we are offering our Hemp Breeding and Production course fully online and are working to develop additional classes in plant breeding, seed business, and seed production online to complement our in-person classes. Note, Seed Central is now even more accessible with our online platform—every second Thursday of the month. We are conducting a stakeholder survey to ensure our programs continue to align with your business needs and we continue to be very active in the seed industry. I wish you a healthy and productive fall season.
Ongoing SBC Courses
With the exception of our Hemp Breeding and Production course being held later this month in a fully on-line format, our in-person courses and plant breeding academies have been postponed due to the global pandemic. We are working to bridge the gap in continuous learning during the pandemic and are developing virtual class alternatives.
Planned Postponements (safety permitting)
PBA Class VI, Graduation • June 2021
EPBA, Class VII • Summer/Fall 2021
SB101 Horticulture • December 2021
SB101 Field Crops • August 2021
Seed Production • February 2021
Seed Biology and Quality • June 2021
Upcoming SBC Courses
Hemp Breeding and Seed Production
A course developed by the UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center
October 27-29, 2020 • 8 am - 12:30 pm (Pacific time)
Course will be ONLINE (held remotely) via Zoom conferencing platform
? Early-Bird discount extended until October 16?
Held online over three half days, Hemp Breeding and Seed Production is designed to enhance the knowledge of professionals working on hemp improvement and propagation. To learn more information about the course and how to register, please visit: http://sbc.ucdavis.edu/Courses/Hemp_Breeding_and_Seed_Production/
UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy Class VIII
UC Davis Plant Breeding AcademySM (PBA) is a professional certificate program offered since 2006 with classes in USA, Europe, Africa and Asia. To date, the program has trained more 388 breeders, 70% of which are from the private seed industry. Each class is six 1-week sessions over 2 years allowing participants to maintain their positions.
• Begins September 2021
• Now open for applications. Class size is limited—apply early! For more information, visit us on-line.
Due to the COVID pandemic, the initiation of PBA VIII has been delayed. We hope by Fall of 2021, it will be safe to travel and hold in-person trainings.
SBC releases 2019 Annual Report
Allen Van Deynze invited as plenary speaker: 2020 Oxford Nanopore London Calling
CPPSI launches new web site
To learn more about CPPSI, including its sponsors, visit CPPSI online @ www.cppsi.ucdavis.edu.
Seed Central is a public-private partnership. Its purpose is to energize the seed and ag-biotech industry cluster surrounding UC Davis and to contribute to the economic development in the region and beyond. Seed Central facilitates communication & research collaboration between the seed and ag-biotech industry and UC Davis in order to bring science to market faster.
In September, Seed Central hosted Seed Central Express, in its new on-line format, where Vonnie Estes from Produce Marketing Association moderated a panel on new breeding technologies for quality, nutrition, and indoor farming. She was joined by Emma January from Benson Hill, John Purcell from Unfold Bio, and Megan Thomas from Pairwise. The recording of this panel is available to Seed Central premium members on the website. Seed Central will continue to host Seed Central Express events, which are online gatherings and lectures, each second Thursday of the month throughout the academic year. To learn more about upcoming Seed Central Express events, please click here.
SBC in the Press
Kent Bradford interviewed about mysterious seeds sent in mail
SBC director Allen Van Deynze discusses the USDA's role in plant breeding and mentorship
Rale Gjuric, former SBC Education Director, discusses the many uses of Hemp and importance of professional training, with Marcel Bruins (European Seed)
Source: European Seed https://european-seed.com
Jovan Djordjevic joins the SBC
For more information about the SBC, visit us online at firstname.lastname@example.org