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

May eNews

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand visits UC Davis
On May 14-15, 2012 the Princess of Thailand and senior Thai academic scientists accompanying her showed high interest in the newest developments in agricultural and nutritional research presented to them by UC Davis faculty.  HRH the Princess is a knowledgeable and dedicated patron of several charitable organizations that are active in agriculture, nutrition and community development in Thailand and other countries of Southeast Asia.

At the UC Davis workshop, Allen Van Deynze and Kent Branford of the UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center (SBC) had the honor to present a summary of recent SBC activities. Allen described a new SBC educational program, the Asian Plant Breeding Academy that will begin in November 2012 in Thailand in collaboration with the Asian & Pacific Seed Association. Kent Bradford updated HRH the Princess on a novel technology (desiccant drying beads) that is being implemented to address the challenge of safely drying and storing seeds under humid conditions. This project, supported by a USAID-funded HortCRSP grant, is based on technology developed by a Thai company (Rhino Research Group, Phitchit) and is being implemented in Thailand, Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Kenya and other countries. Such expertise and methods will be instrumental for adoption of advanced seed technologies in Thailand’s agricultural industry.

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.  The course has been attended by more than 100 people since its launch in fall of 2010. This program 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, to name a few.

Seed Business 101 is one week course 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 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 industry executives with additional help of industry experts participating as guest speakers.

Registrations are being accepted for the Seed Business 101–Field Crops, June 11-15, 2012
,in Minneapolis and in Indianapolis on September 17-21, 2012.  Seed Business 101–Horticultureregistration is open for the December 3-7, 2012 Davis course.  For details, testimonials and registration please visit SB101 or contact Jeannette Martins at

Plant Breeding Academy
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 visit the PBA website or contact Joy Patterson at

Plant Breeding Academy in Asia starts November 2012
with a session in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Applications are now being accepted.  Register before May 31, 2012 and take advantage of the early registration discount. For more information visit the PBA website or contact Jeannette Martins at

Seed Central Networking Events

Seed Central teams up with Hartnell College at the Alisal Campus in Salinas, and Dr. Barry Eisenberg, Vice President, Food Safety Services, United Fresh Produce Association. Dr. Eisenberg is the featured speaker on Thursday, June 14th where he will speak about “New food safety demands and challenges for our industry.” 

The event begins at 4:30 pm with 90 minutes of networking, followed by the featured speaker at 6:00 pm. We encourage your colleagues and business associates in the local food industry to attend.  All members of the seed industry are invited to thisevent at no charge – it is the perfect prelude to the joint Seed Central / Food Central events starting September 13th ,at UC Davis, following the summer recess. For information and to register, visit Seed Central.

SolCAP Workshops
(more details soon)
August 1, 2012, Miami, Florida
(American Society for Horticultural Science)
August 8-9, 2012, Denver, Colorado
(The Potato Association of America Annual Meeting)

Hamilton J.P., Sim S.C., Stoffel K., Van Deynze A., Buell C.R. et al: Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Discovery in Cultivated Tomato via Sequencing by Synthesis. Plant Genome 2012, 5(1):17-29.

Stoffel K., van Leeuwen H., Kozik A., Caldwell D., Ashrafi H. et al: Development and application of a 6.5 million feature affymetrix genechip(R) for massively parallel discovery of single position polymorphisms in lettuce (Lactuca spp.). BMC Genomics 2012, 13(1):185

Be sure to view the 2012 International Food Information Council survey, “Consumer Perceptions of Food Technology

For more information on the GMO labeling movement go to know GMOS at

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