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

August eNews

Seed Business 101
Attracting and retaining talented new employees is a critical challenge for the seed industry. The Seed Business 101 course was created, with input from industry executives, to accelerate the careers of promising new employees and young managers. By selecting and sponsoring your personnel to attend this course, companies acknowledge past performance and invest in accelerated professional development. The course also offers invaluable insights and perspective to seed dealers and companies offering products and services to the seed industry, including seed treatments, crop protection, seed enhancement and technology, machinery and equipment, etc. For more information see or contact Sally Mohr at

Dates & Location:
September 17-21, 2012 – FIELD CROPS, Lafayette (near Indianapolis), IN
December 3-7, 2012 – HORTICULTURE,
Davis, CA

UC Davis Plant Breeding Academysm classes begin in United States and Asia
PBA Class IV starts in September 2012 with all sessions in Davis, CA.  The PBA program continues to draw strong participation both nationally and internationally. Currently the participating countries include USA, Argentina, Australia, Italy and Taiwan.

The newest addition to the program, the Asian PBA Class I, starts in November 2012 with sessions at various locations across Thailand and graduation at UC Davis. The participating nations include China, India, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Taiwan.

The UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy is a premium professional certificate program that covers the fundamentals and the most recent developments in plant breeding theory and practice. Employers appreciate the opportunity to provide their valued employees advanced training without disrupting their full-time employment.  Participants attend six 6-day sessions over two years. The instructors are internationally recognized experts in plant breeding and seed technology.

The course will maintain the core curriculum delivered in the previous three classes and add modules to address the most recent developments in plant breeding theory and practice, including an expanded section on molecular marker use, genome selection, non-replicated designs and GxE, using marker and pedigrees for prediction of breeding value.

A limited number of spots are available
for each Academy.  Apply now! For more information see or contact Joy Patterson, (UC Davis PBA) or Jeannette Martins, (Asian PBA).

Seed Central Networking Event – September 2012
Thursday, September 13th Seed Central and Food Central Forum gears up for Fall.  If you missed the networking and forum in the past then this is a great time to join us as we have partnered Seed Central with Food Central.  The catered event begins at 4:30 pm with 90 minutes of networking, followed by the featured speaker (to be announced soon) at 6:00 pm. We encourage you to advertise this opportunity to your colleagues and business associates in the local food industry.  There is no charge for this program.

Seed Biology, Production & Quality - February
Delivering improved varieties and crop protection through high quality seed is a vital component of modern agricultural production systems. It is critical that seed producers have an understanding of the biological factors that contribute to the development and maintenance of seed health, vigor and viability, and how those qualities are measured. This course presents the scientific background for production, handling, storage and quality control procedures in the seed industry. It updates participants on new information in these topics, including seed pathology and seed enhancement. The course targets professionals in the seed industry, new employees, consultants, and seed producers to extend and update their knowledge. 
Description: Description: Description: Description: course has been expanded to include both hands-on exercises and detailed discussions of seed production and seed technology. Participants have the opportunity to attend Seed Central Research and Technology, Brainstorming and Forum events on the afternoon of February 14.

Topics include:
Flowering and pollination, seed development and maturation, production and certification, health and phytosanitation, harvesting and conditioning, vigor and viability, storage and longevity, biotechnology and seed enhancement.

Dates and Location:
February 12-14, 2013 (adjourns after lunch), UC Davis
For questions or additional information, contact Jeannette Martins at 530-752-4984.

Sim, S.-C., G. Durstewitz, J. Plieske, R. Wieseke, M.W. Ganal, A. Van Deynze, J.P. Hamilton, C.R. Buell, M. Causse, S. Wijeratne, and D.M. Francis. 2012. Development of a Large SNP Genotyping Array and Generation of High-Density Genetic Maps in Tomato. PLoS ONE 7:e40563.

Biotechnology for Sustainability Publications
Gutiérrez, R.A. (2012). Systems Biology for Enhanced Plant Nitrogen Nutrition. Science 336:1673-1675.

von Caemmerer, S., Quick, W.P., and Furbank, R.T. (2012). The Development of C4 Rice: Current Progress and Future Challenges. Science 336:1671-1672.

Field to Market (2012). Environmental and Socioeconomic Indicators for Measuring Outcomes of On-Farm Agricultural Production in the United States: Second Report, July 2012. Available at:

GM in Agricultural Development. 2012. The Houses of Parliament, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, United Kingdom.

Leifeld, J (2012) How sustainable is organic farming? Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 150:121-122.

Bruce, TJA (2012) GM as a route for delivery of sustainable crop protection. Journal of Experimental Botany 63:537-541.

Click to see the 2012 International Food Information Council survey, “Consumer Perceptions of Food Technology

For more information on the GMO labeling (Proposition 37) go to know GMOS at
Mark your calendar to attend the 21st International Pepper Conference scheduled November 4-6, 2012 in Naples, Florida, USA

This conference gives growers, industry, processors, brokers and scientists a place to make new business relationships, meet specialists in the different fields, and have access to the latest technology, products and services to perform their respective jobs better. If you have an interest in peppers you cannot afford to miss this conference. The conference provides an unsurpassed opportunity for networking and the multi-disciplinary sharing and exchange of the latest scientific and practical information related to pepper breeding, production and processing. All day field tours will visit state-of-the-art commercial production fields, packing facilities and breeding stations around Southwest Florida. For more information go to:

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