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

Oct 2018 eNews

Happy Fall from the SBC!

SBC Spotlight

Corn story

Study Finds Indigenous Mexican Variety of Corn Captures the Nitrogen It Needs from the Air

A team of researchers including SBC Director of Research, Dr. Allen Van Deynze and Cristobal Heitmann, discover an indigenous variety of corn that can “fix nitrogen” from the atmosphere, instead of requiring synthetic fertilizers. Cristobal Heitman, “Cris”, was a beloved member of the UC Davis Plant Sciences Department. Cris’s energy and enthusiasm were a major catalyst in this research. Read more.


Cuc conf
Cucurbitaceae 2018

November 12 — 15, 2018 at UC Davis
Abstract Submission for posters still open!
Oct 1: Late Registration starts ($800 USD) and Poster Abstracts due

The gathering will bring together about 250 cucurbit scientists from around the world for an in-depth conference exploring new frontiers of cucurbit research and development.

For more information contact Julie Tillman at

Upcoming SBC Courses

Please check our upcoming courses information by following the links provided below.

 Seed Business 101 Horticulture, December 3-7, 2018, Davis, CA



Seed Production, February 11 - 14, 2019, Davis, CA USA


SBC in the News

 The pitfalls of FDA’s GMO food labeling

SBC Director, Dr. Kent Bradford, is a contributor on this article which discusses how GMO food labeling can be misleading and false at times, and the new labeling laws in the works. Learn more

What role does California play in the U.S. food production system?

ASTA interviews Dr. Kent Bradford, SBC Director, in this video. Watch now.

Scientific American
Corn Variety Grabs Fertilizer from the Air

Scientific American interviews Dr. Allen Van Deynze, SBC Director of Research. Listen to Podcast

AOCC Earth Overshoot Day
How changing the world’s food systems can help to protect the planet

Together the SBC African Plant Breeding and the African Orphan Crop Consortium (AOCC) are working to change the world’s food systems in response to “Earth Overshoot Day”.  Read more.

Gene Discovery May Yield Lettuce That Will Sprout in Hot Weather

A team of researchers and Dr. Kent Bradford, SBC Director, discovered genes that will enable plant breeders to develop lettuce varieties that can grow in high temps. Full article.

VOA article

High-Tech Agriculture

SBC Director of Research, Dr. Allen Van Deynze speaks to Voice of America about the use and impact of high-tech agricultures tools in planting seeds for today and the future. Listen

Seed Central receives award from UC Davis Chancellor's Office

Seed Central receives award from UC Davis Chancellor's Office, Francois Korn and Kent Bradford
Congratulations to Seed Central co-founders Francois Korn and Kent Bradford. Seed Central is the recipient of the UC Davis Chancellor’s Innovative Community Partner of the Year Award (2018). This award is given to recognize and acknowledge significant contributions to driving regional economic impact through innovation, entrepreneurship or support for growing the startup ecosystem in collaboration with university. Read more

Allen Van Deynze talks about breeding better tomatoes Allen Van Deynze
Listen up everyone! SBC Research Director Allen Van Deynze discusses the intricacies, art and science of plant breeding in this Breeding Better Tomatoes podcast

Rale Gjuric named one of 20 most influential seed people

We are excited and proud to announce the placement of SBC Education Director Rale Gjuric on EUROPEAN SEED's list of highly influential people in 2017. In a time where seed companies worldwide are having trouble filling their breeding vacancies, Rale has been instrumental in spearheading education efforts that have trained numerous students. Under his leadership, the UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy has offered 15 classes worldwide since 2006 that were attended by 281 breeders from over 60 countries, making this organization the most recognized program of its kind.
Read about Rale in European Seed article; Full article

SBC Class Updates

PBA grad class

UC Davis Plant Breeding AcademySM graduates its sixth class

On June 8, UC Davis Plant Breeding AcademySM (PBA) graduated the sixth class with a session in Davis, California. 

Over the last two years, eleven participants in this class spent more than 300 hours in classes, workshops and the field, training towards the Plant Breeding Academy Certificate.


UC Davis Seed Biology and Quality course completes another successful session

The UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center completed its Seed Biology and Quality course, June 19-21, 2018, in Davis, CA.  A total of 53 participants attended this year.  Since 2005, over 700 participants have attended.

Field Crops 2018
UC Davis Seed Business 101 Field Crops 2018 course a huge success

The UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center completed another successful session of its Seed Business Field Crops course on August 20 - 24, 2018 in St. Charles, Illinois USA. This course has been offered since 2010 and been attended by over 500 participants.

John Sorenson, one of the founding instructors of Seed Business 101, passed away unexpectedly. John was a beloved friend and core instructor of the Seed Business 101 courses. His dedication and passion for the field were a huge part of the success of the Seed Business 101 courses.  He will be missed tremendously.




UC Davis Plant Breeding AcademySM starts the seventh class

Contributing to fill a critical need for trained plant breeders, the University of California, Davis Plant Breeding AcademySM (PBA)

started its seventh class of students this week with a session in Davis, California. Over the next two years this class will spend

more than 300 hours in classes, workshops and the field, training to complete this premium professional certification program.

Program Management for Plant Breeders completes fourth course offering

Twenty-two breeders/researchers representing public and private organizations from USA, Nigeria, Mexico, Taiwan and Brazil participated in the fourth offering of the course Program Management for Plant Breeders on September 18 — 20, 2018 in Davis, CA. Lead instructors included industry experts, Fred Bliss, Tom Francis and Rale Gjuric. Managing plant breeding and laboratory programs is becoming increasingly complex. This course is designed to enhance management skills of plant breeders and technical leads. Professionals directing these programs in agricultural research, in agribusiness development and those from the public sector benefit from attending this course.


Teuber schlp

SBC Corner

She’s baaack!

Rebeca Madrigal, Program Representative, has returned to the SBC. We are excited to have her back. She will support the SBC courses and team. Welcome back Rebeca


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