Happy Thanksgiving from the SBC!
News and Events
The Kent J. Bradford Endowment
More great news! In March we were delighted to receive the first gift to the endowment from HM.Clause and Limagrain. Their generous gift of $500,000 was a very important start to the campaign. In September we were excited to announce gifts from Cloverseed and Barbara and Kent Bradford, Davis. Today we are thrilled to recognize American Takii and their gift to this initiative.
The SBC is grateful to these supporters for helping us meet our goal. For more information or to contribute, contact Christine Schmidt at email@example.com.
Seed Central/Food Central
Save the date! January 14th at UC Davis we have a special roundtable program, “The seed industry is a great place for women to work – and for men too.”
For a list of participants and other details see Seed Central.
UC Davis Plant Breeding Center
This Center publishes monthly newsletters to keep you current with their activities. This month the Center and UC Davis Student Farm were awarded a significant USDA grant for their Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative. The project will develop an experiential learning-based public plant breeding pipeline for organic cultivar development. For more information see their November newsletter or go to http://plantbreeding.ucdavis.edu.
In the News
Kent Bradford is featured in SeedWorld’s article, “Paving the way for new plant technologies.” See page 50 (http://www.seedworld.com/flipbook_sept2015/) .
Breeding with Genomics
The program is aimed at professionals who are directly or indirectly involved in plant breeding and germplasm improvement. It is an opportunity for breeders who are already using these tools to expand their knowledge of new strategies and technologies and for laboratory personnel to appreciate how the marker data that they generate are applied in breeding programs.
The course covers basics of DNA markers, quantitative trait loci, association studies and genomic selection. Instructors, experts in application of genomics to plant breeding, include: Allen Van Deynze, Kent Bradford, Jorge Dubcovsky, Amanda Hulse, Richard Michelmore, Alison Van Eenennaam, UC Davis; Shawn Yarnes, Integrated Breeding Platform; and David Francis, The Ohio State University.
The early-bird registration is available until December 15, 2015. For further information please visit http://sbc.ucdavis.edu/Courses/Breeding_with_Genomics/ or contact Sally Mohr (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Seed Business 101
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: This 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).
Horticulture - Davis: This offering will be on December 7-12, 2015 at UC Davis. The SBC would like to recognize HM.Clause for all of their support with this course.
Horticulture – Thailand
This new session will be on February 22-26, 2016 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The early-bird ends on November 27, 2015.
Seed Production - sign up soon, this course is filling up!
This course focuses on the biological, genetic, agronomic and technological processes and practices involved in the production and processing of agricultural seeds and how they influence seed quality. The intent of seed production programs is to obtain the highest possible yield, consistent with simultaneously maintaining the highest possible quality. In order to achieve these dual objectives, it is important to understand the genetic and biological basis of seed production of modern cultivars and how seed quality is affected by the management practices utilized. The program will also cover the postharvest conditioning processes and seed technology treatments that can enhance seed quality. The course is targeted to professionals in the seed industry who wish to learn the latest practices and developments in these topics. The course is taught by experts from both academia and the seed industry and will focus primarily on horticultural crops as well as selected agronomic crops (sunflower, alfalfa, canola). The content will be delivered through lectures, case studies and group discussions. This class is on February 2 – 5, 2016 at UC Davis. Registration and course details are at http://sbc.ucdavis.edu/Courses/Seed_Production.
For details contact Rebeca Madrigal at email@example.com.
UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy Class 6 starts in September 2016!
Discount is available for registration before March 31, 2016.
The UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy (PBA) is a professional certificate program offered since 2006 with classes in the USA (UC Davis), Europe, Africa and Asia. To date, the Academy has trained more than 180 breeders, 80% of which are from the private seed industry. Class VI of the PBA in Davis will start in September 2016 and is now open for registration.
The 2016 class core curriculum will maintain the upgrades from the previous classes and add modules to address the most recent development in plant breeding theory and practice. The core instructor list includes internationally recognized experts in plant breeding and seed technology: Kent Bradford, Allen Van Deynze, Rale Gjuric (UC Davis), Rita Mumm (University of Illinois) and Todd Wehner (NCSU). They will be supported by a number of guest lecturers from the private industry and academia.
Employers appreciate the opportunity to provide their valued employees advanced training without disrupting their full-time employment. Participants attend six 6-day sessions over approximately two years.
UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy Completes the Advanced Module Session
The module is designed to review the breeding strategies in context of the modern tools, build the necessary background towards understanding and practical application of BLUPs, genomic selection, advanced experimental designs and dealing with testing environments. UC Davis instructors, Allen Van Deynze and Rale Gjuric, were joined by Bruce Walsh, University of Arizona, to deliver this program.
UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy starts the fourth class
Save the dates for the following SBC hosted events:
Solanaceae Conference, September 12 – 15, 2016, UC Davis, California
International Society for Seed Science Conference, September 10 – 15, 2017, Monterey, California
For more information about the SBC, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.