SBC publishes 16th annual report
A special thanks to Julie Tillman for creating this terrific report.
The Kent J. Bradford Endowment
The establishment of the Kent J. Bradford Endowed Chair in Seed Science will provide support for a faculty member at UC Davis who would be focused on seed biology and technology and serve as the director of the Seed Biotechnology Center. The endowment will ensure that the seed industry’s needs for academic research, education and public service can continue to be met in perpetuity.
We are thrilled to highlight recent gifts to the endowment from:
It is with partners like these that will allow us to meet the endowment goal. Thank you Sakata, Rijk Zwaan and Enza Zaden! For more information about the endowment, please see http://sbc.ucdavis.edu/About_US/An_Endowment_for_the_Future/.
Update: Collaboration for Plant Pathogen Strain Identification (CPPSI)
One year after CPPSI was launched as an industry funded initiative based at US Davis, CPPSI members met with the CPPSI Advisory Council during the June ASTA meetings to discuss the progress made towards completion of year one goals and next steps. Everyone came away agreeing that all goals were met and approved the proposed next steps. The Advisory Council is comprised of representatives from seed company sponsors Bayer, Enza Zaden, HM.Clause, Monsanto, Rijk Zwaan, Sakata and Syngenta. The CPPSI Website, www.cppsi.org was revised and updated. Since 1 March 2016, 454 users have viewed 960 site pages and 24% are returning viewers. Users from the US, EU, China, Japan, Canada and Finland are accessing information. Since CPPSI first went live in January 2013 through June 2016, 179 differential host sets have been ordered and distributed for research and education purposes. Seed increases, reference strain evaluations and white paper development are under way for the second set of disease systems: Lettuce Downy mildew, Watermelon Fusarium wilt, Tomato TSWV and Pepper TSWV. CPPSI, GEVES MATREF in France and Naktuinbouw (NAKT) in the NL continue to build a strong foundation for cooperation to standardize plant pathogen strain identification in Europe and the US: CPPSI is participating in ‘Harmores 3’, an EU initiative to standardize resistance tests in terms of reference materials (reference isolates and differentiating varieties), test conditions, rating scales. CPPSI will develop parallel differentiating hosts and reference strains for Tomato (Meloidogyne incognita and races of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lycopersici) and Melon (Podosphaera xanthii and Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. melonis races 0, 1, and 2 – race 1.2 does not occur in the US. Ring tests with EU participants will be run to establish equivalent resistant and susceptible responses. CPPSI already distributes differentiating host sets and reference pathogen strains for Melon Fusarium wilt. The remaining three systems will be developed as the third set of CPPSI disease systems.
The next session for the European Plant Breeding Academy meets in Gent, Belgium on October 2, 2016. This will be their fourth week of the six-week course. The PBA and SBC would like to thank all of our European partners and presenters, along with the core instructors, that make this one of our most well-received programs.
In September, PBA’s Rale Gjuric will instruct at a program in Novi Sad, Serbia titled, “Advancements in plant breeding, trial design and analysis.” This course is for professionals who are involved in plant breeding and germplasm improvement. The class reached the maximum enrollment and will teach participants from all over the world.
The Plant Breeding Academy program goes to Thailand. A plant breeding training course was organized and is being delivered this week as a collaborative effort between the UC Davis PBA and Limagrain Academy. Thirty-one Limagrain breeders based in China, India, Israel, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam are attending the one week course in Bangkok, Thailand.
PBA core instructors include Rale Gjuric (UC Davis), Idy van Leeuwen (BreedWise), Rita Mumm (University of Illinois), Alexandra Tomerius (AIB), Todd Wehner (North Carolina State University), Allen Van Deynze and Kent Bradford (UC Davis). For more information on the Plant Breeding Academy contact Joy Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://pba.ucdavis.edu/.
Seed Business 101
The goal of Seed Business 101 (SB101) is to enhance each participant’s career performance and help them avoid costly mistakes. The course is designed to focus on the optimum operations of the five major functional areas of a seed company. The program offers participants a broad understanding of the major aspects of a seed company’s operations and a cross-departmental knowledge of best practices for profitability. The course, offered since fall of 2010, has been attended by more than 400 seed professionals.
Field Crops: Two sessions are scheduled. One will be in Durham, NC USA September 12 – 16, 2016. The second will be in Chicago, IL USA December 2 – 6, 2016 in conjunction with the American Seed Trade Association’s Conference. Core instructors include Tom Francis, Dave Westphal, John Sorenson and Rale Gjuric.
Horticulture: The next class is scheduled on December 5 – 9, 2016 in Davis, CA USA. Lead instructors include Maurice Smith, Pieter Vandenberg and John Sorenson
For more information see http://sbc.ucdavis.edu/Courses/Seed_Business_101/ or contact Rebeca at email@example.com.
For questions or additional information, please contact Sally Mohr at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://sbc.ucdavis.edu/Courses/Program_Management_for_Plant_Breeders/.
This session’s included students from Thailand, India, Japan, France, Philippines, Korea, China, Tanzania, and the USA. Course instructors included Maurice Smith, Pieter Vandenberg, and Mike Pereira. Participants also learned from expert guest speakers Anthony Tse, Clover Seeds; Ole Johansen, HM.Clause; Darush Struss and Bruno Lefeuvre, East-West Seed ROH Ltd., and Johan Van Asbrouck, Centor Group.
The SBC would like to recognize Chia Tai Co. Ltd., East-West Seed ROH Ltd., and HM.Clause, Thailand as joint sponsors of the course. Their hospitality was key to the success of this session.
This graduation included a special celebration to recognize the PBA’s tenth anniversary. Special guests and alumni joined the event which also recognized Dr. Todd Wehner as a founding instructor who has been with the Academy for ten years teaching in the US, Asia and African courses.
Class II will conclude with Session 3 in November, 2016, at ICRAF. Applications for Class III will be available soon. For more information contact Sally Mohr at email@example.com.
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