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

January 2020 eNews

SBC Spotlights

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The SBC proudly celebrated our 20th Year Anniversary on September 12th. The celebration included a day-long event with panels highlighting researchers, students, industry representatives and policy makers discussing past, present, and future of the seed world.In addition, we recognized and celebrated two of the pioneers who helped bring the SBC to fruition, Kent Bradford and Sue DiTomaso. We are also proud to announce that Allen Van Deyzne has been appointed as the new Director of the SBC.

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UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy (AfPBA) Class IV Graduates 

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The AfPBA and ICRAF hosted Class IV in Nairobi, Kenya this week for the final session and celebrated their graduation from the program of the three two-week sessions attended over 13 months. This class of 32 students represented professionals from 21 countries.

UC Davis European PBA Class V Graduates 

EPBA Class V June 2019
The fifth class of the UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy (PBA) graduated in late June with a final session in Davis, California. Six 6-day sessions were held over the last two years in the following locations: Enkhuizen, The Netherlands; Angers, France; Gatersleben, Germany; Gent, Belgium; Almeria, Spain; and UC Davis. Twenty participants spent more than 300 hours in classes, workshops and the field working towards completion of this premier training program. Seventeen classes offered worldwide since 2006 were attended by 333 breeders from 66 countries, making the UC Davis PBA the most recognized program of its kind.

UC Davis European Plant Breeding AcademySM begins Class VI

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Contributing to fill a critical need for trained plant breeders, the University of California, Davis European Plant Breeding AcademySM (EPBA) started its sixth class of students in October with a session in Ghent, Belgium.  The session was organized with the generous support of the local industry and the University of Gent and included visits to BASF/Crop Design and ILVO.Over the next two years, during the six sessions held in Gent, Belgium; Angers, France; Gatersleben, Germany; Enkhuizen, The Netherlands; Almeria, Spain; and UC Davis, this class will spend more than 300 hours in classes, workshops and the field, training to complete this premium professional certificate program.

Seed Central/Food Central
Seed Central Seed Central is a public-private partnership. Its purpose is to energize the seed and agbiotech 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 agbiotech industry and UC Davis in order to bring science to market faster. On January 9, 2020, Seed Central will host an Innovators Showcase featuring startups and innovative companies in seed, ag, agbiotech, microbiome, and food and health. To learn more about the tech showcase partners and speakers, please click here. For past Seed Central events and speakers, click here.

Upcoming Seed Central events: To register and calendar of events, click here.

Upcoming Events

Future of Lettuce - EVENT
March 16, 2020 | The Cliffs Hotel and Spa| Pismo Beach, California The Future of Lettuce: A Symposium organized by the Genes to Growers Project Convening experts in lettuce breeding, production, post-harvest handling, safety, marketing, and consumer preferences to envision the future of lettuce.This event is funded by the Specialty Crops Research Initiative of the USDA National Research Initiative with co-PIs Richard Michelmore and Kent Bradford.Meeting registration opens soon!  Visit website.

Upcoming SBC Courses

Seed Production |February 10 - 13, 2020 UC Davis, California
SBC will host Seed Production at UC Davis from February 10-13, 2020. This 3-1/2 day course is designed to enhance participants’ knowledge of the underlying biology of seed production and the key roles of bees and other insect pollinators, how to manage seed crops from agronomic, quality control, and genetic integrity standpoints, and how to meet new challenges through seed production research. Curriculum includes updated lectures for Hemp Seed Production course. For more information and registration visit http://sbc.ucdavis.edu/Courses/Seed_Production/ or contact Kelsey Maher at kjmaher@ucdavis.edu.

Seed Biology & Quality – June 16 – 18, 2020, Davis, CA
http://sbc.ucdavis.edu/Courses/Seed_Biology_and_Quality/

Hemp Breeding and Seed Production – October 27 – 28, 2020, Davis, CA
http://sbc.ucdavis.edu/Courses/Hemp_Breeding_and_Seed_Production/

Seed Business 101 – Field Crops, August 17-21, 2020, St. Charles, IL 
Seed Business 101 – Horticulture, December 7-11, 2020, Davis, CA
http://sbc.ucdavis.edu/Courses/Seed_Business_101/

UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy 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 than 350 breeders, 70% of which are from the private seed industry. Class VIII of the PBA Davis will start in September 2020 and is now open for applications. Class size is limited—apply early! For more information, click here.

Recent Courses

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UC Davis SBC Completes Another Successful Session of Seed Business 101 Horticulture The UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center completed another successful session of the Seed Business 101 course (Horticultural Crop curriculum) December 9-12, 2019, in Davis, CA. The thirty-five (35) participants represented a wide range of companies with regional, national and international reach. Seed Business 101 is a one-week course designed to expose 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. During each of the 4 case studies, participants assume a different functional responsibility within the company. The course gives employees that are new to the seed industry 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 seed business executives with additional help of industry experts participating as guest speakers.

UC Davis Completes New Hemp Breeding and Seed Production Course

Hemp&Seed Production 2019
Contributing to fill a critical need for knowledge in the fast-growing hemp industry, the UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center completed a two-day course on Hemp Breeding and Seed Production from Oct. 29-30 in Davis, California. The course generated great interest. It was attended by 165 professionals, the majority of which were from the U.S. Argentina, Canada, Israel, Netherlands and New Zealand were also represented. The course generated great interest. It was attended by 165 professionals, the majority of which were from the U.S. Argentina, Canada, Israel, Netherlands and New Zealand were also represented.The UC Davis Hemp Breeding and Seed Production course was designed to enhance the knowledge of professionals working on hemp improvement and propagation. The course covered hemp seed production topics such as flowering, pollination, seed development, harvesting and certification. Course participants also learned about hemp genomics, genetics, sex expression, types of cultivars with corresponding breeding schemes and intellectual property protection options.

UC Davis SBC Completes Another Successful Session of Seed Business 101 Field Crops

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The UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center graduated nineteen  participants of the program Seed Business 101 Field Crops course, August 19-23, 2019 in St. Charles, Illinois.To date, nearly 600  seed professionals have attended Seed Business 101 from around the world since its inception in 2010. Seed Business 101 is a one week course designed to expose 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.  During each of the 4 case studies, participants assume a different functional responsibility within the company.  The course gives employees that are new to the seed industry 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 seed business executives with additional help of industry experts participating as guest speakers. 

SBC in the Press

Launch of APBA
African Plant Breeders Association launched to improve food security in Africa The association was founded by the Alumni of the UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academies which started the intiative in 2012 to set up an African Plant Breeders Association (APBA). Additionally, many of the alumni serve on the executive committee.
The APBA inaugural meeting was a huge success welcoming over 300 scientists, researchers, national agriculture policy makers, students and professionals from both public and private sectors in the fields of plant breeding and science.

Allen Van Deynze participates in Introduction to Food Innovation video discussion, hosted by the World Food Center

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Pamela Ronald and Allen Van Deynze (both UC Davis) participated in a Facebook live video discussion as part of an e-conference held earlier this Fall and hosted by the Institute of Science and Global Policy. Watch video

Seed and Variety Improvement

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SBC Director Kent Bradford was featured on UC ANR's weekly veggie video "Seed and Variety Improvement". He discusses the importance of seed development and breeding to the California vegetable seed industry, as well as the technical complexities and rigors involved in vegetable seed production, particularly with hybrid seeds. Watch video

SBC researchers receive Science Translation and Innovative Research (STAIR) Grant award

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SBC Research Director Allen Van Deyzne and Researcher Theresa Hill received a Science Translation and Innovative Research (STAIR™) Grant award for “Enabling the Mechanical Harvesting of Peppers”. Read more and watch video

Announcements
Position Announcement:
Executive Director, UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center The Seed Biotechnology Center is a focal point for interaction between the seed industry and the research and educational resources of the UC Davis. It coordinates research to address problems of interest to the seed industry and provides continuing education in seed biology and technology. Its mission is to mobilize the research, educational and outreach resources of the University of California, in partnership with the seed and plant biotechnology industries, to facilitate discovery and commercialization of new seed technologies for agricultural and consumer benefit.The Seed Biotechnology Center is currently looking to fill the position of Executive Director (Academic Administrator classification). The Executive Director (Academic Administrator) will have global administration and management responsibilities for all education and outreach activities of the SBC, including budgetary development and oversight, administration of all academic and staff personnel, and programmatic development. This position will require an extensive knowledge of all the scientific components of plant breeding and first-hand experience in working with the global seed and plant science industries. Executive Director will be responsible for a broad range of policy-level administrative and programmatic activities for the SBC and provide leadership in short- and long-range planning.For more information on the position and application process, please visit www.sbc.ucdavis.edu.

SBC 2018 Annual Report

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The SBC is proud and excited to announce the release of our 2018 Annual Report. Read all about our numerous outreach, research and educational activities over the past year. It has been a busy and productive one!
https://ucanr.edu/sites/sbc/files/307853.pdf

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