Seed Biotechnology Center
Seed Biotechnology Center
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Seed Biotechnology Center

January eNews

SB 101 a Success in Florida
On January 16-20, 2012, Seed Business101SM was conducted in Wimauma, Florida. Seventeen participants spent the week with seed industry leaders to learn about the five functional areas of the industry. Students came from as far as Brazil, Costa Rica, Jordan, Turkey, Holland and Mexico to take advantage of this unique opportunity.  To learn more about future offerings go to Educational Opportunities.

$2 Million to Fund Research on African Vegetable Crops
Small-farm operators in Africa and parts of Asia are intended to reap the benefits from two $1 million grants supporting seed-related research for indigenous African vegetables, awarded by the Horticulture Collaborative Research Support Program in UC Davis' Department of Plant Sciences.
The first of the newly funded projects is led by Kent Bradford, director of the UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center, and a team of scientists, innovators and agricultural extension experts in Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Kenya and Thailand. The project aims to improve seed quality for farmers with very limited resources by developing affordable methods for preserving viable seeds despite high temperature and humidity. The team will conduct research; disseminate their findings to farmers, and work to create a sustainable market in six African and Asian countries for the new technology, which uses desiccant drying beads to preserve the seeds. 

Plant Breeding and Genomics Online Resource Reaches Milestone
Growth in the global population is placing an increased demand on the world's resources to sustain our society for food, feed, fuel, fiber, and environment, underscoring a need for safe and efficient crop production systems. To date, traditional plant breeding methods have served well to meet increased demands. Projected increases from 7 to 9 billion people in the next 40 years will require continued progress. Improvements in the efficiency and cost of DNA sequencing technologies are providing vital information on the genetics and genomics of crop plants. This information is paving the way for new plant breeding strategies to meet global food demands.
Earlier this year, a group of researchers, including SBC’s Dr. Allen Van Deynze, and educators from America’s land-grant universities, government agencies, and industry banded together to create the first-ever internet resource aimed at quickly putting basic research on crop genomes into practice. The resource is housed at eXtension (pronounced E-extension).  Less than one year from its launch, the resource reached a milestone of 100,000 views this month. Researchers and Extension personnel regularly contribute webinars, videos, informational articles, reviews, blog entries, and tutorials to the resource.

Seed Central Features Dr. Pamela Ronald, Professor, Department of Plant Pathology on Thursday, February 9th  Networking Event
Seed Central, the seed industry cluster surrounding UC Davis, invites you to an afternoon of valuable events on Thursday, February 9th on the campus of UC Davis: scientific presentations from 12:00 to 5:00, followed at 5:00 pm by a networking event bringing together seed professionals, UC Davis faculty, scientists and students, as well as anyone interested in Seed Central and the economic development of the region. The featured speaker is Dr. Pamela Ronald, Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, UC Davis. Her topic is “Engineering plants for tolerance to stress and resistance to disease."
The Seed Central networking and forum sessions for December and January provided faculty, students, industry leaders and others to visit prior to hearing from the presenters, Dr. Florence Zakharov and Dr. Eduardo Blumwald, respectively.  Combined, approximately 250 attended which made for lively and engaging evenings.

Seed Central objectives include:
• strengthen the dialogue between UC Davis and the seed industry
• facilitate research collaborations and technology transfer between university and industry
• strengthen the benefits of operating within a dynamic and innovative industry cluster for all participants. 
To see more objectives and information as well as membership benefits see Seed Central

Plant Breeding Academy in United States begins September 2012
The UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy is a postgraduate program that teaches the fundamentals of plant breeding, genetics and statistics through lectures, discussion, and field trips to public and private breeding programs. Employers appreciate the opportunity to provide their valued employees advanced training without disrupting their full-time employment.  Participants attend six 6-day sessions at UC Davis. The instructors are internationally recognized experts in plant breeding and seed technology.

The UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy 2012 Class begins in September. It will include new topics that reflect the most recent developments in plant breeding theory and practice.  Applications are now being accepted.  For more information on the UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy visit the PBA website or contact Joy Patterson,

Seed Business 101 SM
This one week course is designed to expose the participants to the five functional areas of a seed company (R&D, production, operations, sales and marketing; and administration). By creating a virtual seed company and case studies for each functional area, the course content is delivered in a very interactive way. The program gives new employees a broad understanding of the major aspects of a seed company’s operations and cross-departmental knowledge of best practices for profitability.  The course is taught by widely respected industry executives with additional help of industry experts participating as guest speakers. The next session of Seed Business 101 Field Crops is offered in Minneapolis, June 11-15, 2012. 

Yu, J. Z., Kohel, R. J., Fang, D. D., Cho, J., Van Deynze, A., Ulloa, M., Hoffman, S. M., Pepper, A. E., Stelly, D. E., Jenkins, J. N., Saha, S., Kumpatla, S. P., Shah, W.V. Hugie, M. R. and Percy, R. G. 2012. A High-Density Simple Sequence Repeat and Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Genetic Map of the Tetraploid Cotton Genome. G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics 2:43-58.

Hagler, J. R, Mueller, S., Teuber, L.R., Van Deynze A. and Martin, J. 2011. A method for distinctly marking honey bees, Apis mellifera, originating from multiple apiary locations. Journal of Insect Science 11:143.

Hagler, J.R., Mueller, S., Teuber, L.R., Machtley, S.A. and Van Deynze A. 2011. Foraging range of honey bees, Apis mellifera, in alfalfa seed production fields. Journal of Insect Science 11:144.

Hamilton, J. P., Hansey, C. N., Whitty, B. R., Stoffel, K., Massa, A. N., Van Deynze, A., De Jong, W. S., Douches, D. S. and Buell, C. R. 2011. Single nucleotide polymorphism discovery in elite North American potato germplasm. BMC Genomics 12:302.

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