Oct 2018 eNews
Happy Fall from the SBC!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS OCTOBER 19
Seed Production, February 11 - 14, 2019, Davis, CA USA
SBC in the News
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.
ASTA interviews Dr. Kent Bradford, SBC Director, in this video. Watch now.
Scientific American interviews Dr. Allen Van Deynze, SBC Director of Research. Listen to Podcast.
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.
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.
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
Allen Van Deynze talks about breeding better tomatoes
@tomatowellness TomatoWellness.com FarmToTableTalk.com
Rale Gjuric named one of 20 most influential seed people
Read about Rale in European Seed article; Full article
SBC Class Updates
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.
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.
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.
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.
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