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

June eNews

Happy summer from the SBC!

Course Updates:

European Plant Breeding Academy Class III graduates!On June 26, 2015, the UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy (PBA) graduated the third class with a session in Davis, California.  Over the last two years, during the six sessions held in Gent, Belgium; Angers, France; Gatersleben, Germany; Enkhuizen, The Netherlands; Barcelona, Spain, and UC Davis, nineteen participants in this class spent more than 300 hours in classes, workshops and the field, training towards the Plant Breeding Academy Certificate.

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The next class of the European Plant Breeding Academysm starts in October 2015.  Registration is still open for the remaining few spots in the class. For more information on the Plant Breeding Academy contact Joy Patterson at or visit PBA.


Program Management for Plant Breeders

The course objective is to enhance the management skills of professional scientists who are leading and directing plant breeding and laboratory programs in modern agricultural research and development programs of agribusiness companies and the public sector.  For topic details please go to Program Management.

Lead instructors include industry experts, Fred Bliss, Tom Francis and Rale Gjuric. This course will be at UC Davis on September 22-24, 2015.  The early-bird ends on August 1, 2015. Registration is available here. For more information contact Sally Mohr at


PBA Advanced Module

Responding to the demand of the plant breeding community, the UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy is offering the first open enrollment Advanced Module course.  The class will take place in Davis, CA, November 3-5, 2015.  The module is designed to review the breeding strategies in context of the modern tools and build the necessary background towards understanding and practical application of BLUPs, genomic selection, and much more. UC Davis instructors will be joined by Bruce Walsh, University of Arizona, to deliver this module.

There is an early-bird discount available until September 1, 2015. For more information and registration please go to Advanced Module or contact Joy Patterson at


Seed Business 101sm

SB101 is offered by the UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center.  It was created with input from industry executives to accelerate the careers of promising new employees and young managers. The course, offered since fall of 2010, has already been attended by close to 350 seed professionals.

Field Crops: The next session will be offered in Chicago, IL, on December 4-8, 2015, organized in conjunction with the American Seed Trade Association Corn & Sorghum Seed Research Conference (December 7-11, 2015).  This program is now open for registration. The early-bird rate ends on October 2, 2015.

Horticulture: The next offering will be on December 7-12, 2015 at UC Davis. The early-bird for this program ends on October 23, 2015.

For details, testimonials and registration please visit SB101 or contact Rebeca Madrigal at


Events & News:

Seed Central/Food CentralAfter finishing up a great year in Salinas in June 2015, the team is working on various summer projects and gearing up for the new season that begins on September 10, 2015. This second Thursday will feature Jose Kawashima, CEO of MiCafeto Coffee Company. Please mark your calendars. For details see Seed Central.


Plant Breeding for Food Security: The Global Impact of Plant Genetics in Rice Production

On Thursday May 28th, the Plant Breeding Center (PBC), in collaboration with the Confucius Institute, hosted the Plant Breeding for Food Security symposium. The symposium focused on the global impact of plant genetics to rice production in honor of the work of UC Davis Alumnus and Adjunct Professor, Dr. Gurdev Khush. Over 200 guests came from all over the world to attend the day-long symposium to discuss the advances of global production in rice, wheat, and tomato, the future obstacles that face an ever-growing world population, and the technologies.

The SBC was pleased to be involved with the event and to help establish the Gurdev Khush Conference Room which is located in the Plant Reproductive Biology building that hosts the SBC and the PBC.

This newsletter (June), and others can be found at PBC website.


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Meet Rebeca

Rebeca joined the Seed Biotechnology Center in April 2015.  Her background includes providing program and analytical support to identify potential research collaborators and developing relationships with industry for the UC Davis Office of Research, InnovationAccess.  As Program Representative, she is responsible for the oversight of various educational programs, meetings, events, conferences, marketing materials, website and the development of programs.


 “In the News:” The SBC created a new spot on their website to catalogue some of our outreach efforts. The following is a sample of our most recent postings.


For a complete list go to In the News.


TSUAB presents a gift of thanks to Rale Gjuric

Sub Union of Seed Industrialists and Producers (TSUAB) is a professional organization in qualification of public organization which is located in Turkey.  The purpose of TSUAB is, under the authority granted to it by law, to represent and to contribute to the development of seed industry. On June 29th, Seed Central and the SBC met with the delegation of about 30 to discuss our programs. In addition two of our UC Davis graduates discussed their work to give the group an idea of some of the high-level research that is conducted at UC Davis. Following the visitors were hosted by HM.Clause.

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