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

September eNews

Seed Business 101SM Field Crops and Horticulture
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. By selecting and sponsoring your personnel to attend this course, companies acknowledge past performance and invest in accelerated professional development. The course 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, etc. For more information see or contact Sally Mohr at

Dates & Location:

September 17-21, 2012 – FIELD CROPS, Lafayette (near Indianapolis), IN
December 3-7, 2012 – HORTICULTURE, Davis, CA – Early-bird registration ends on September 16th!
Look for a new Field Crops session in early 2012

September 10, 2012 – Davis, CA: Continuing to fill a critical need for trained plant breeders, the University of California, Davis Plant Breeding AcademySM (PBA) started its fourth class of students this week.  Over the next two years, during the six sessions held at UC Davis this class will spend more than 300 hours in classes, workshops and the field, training to become professional plant breeders.

The new class consists of the following fifteen participants: Xavier Barreto, East West Seed Company Inc, Philippines; Craig Bednarz, Bayer CropScience, USA; Matthew Calloway, Rice Experiment Station, USA; Linda (Chia-Hui) Chang, Known-You Seed Co, Taiwan; Adrianne Difuntorium, HM.Clause, USA; Diego Alejandro Druetto, NuSeed S.A., Argentina; Peter Flett, NuSeed, Australia; Stephane Gorin, Green Seeds Inc, USA; Ginger Light, Bayer CropScience, USA; Rogelio Marchetti, Pioneer DuPont, USA; Renae Robertson, Driscoll’s Strawberry Associates, USA; Robert Schimerowski, Pannar Seed, Inc., USA; Rolando Solano, Ball Horticulture Company, Costa Rica; Mariano Sposaro, Nidera S.A., Argentina; Michelle Wood, Bayer CropScience, USA.

For more information on the Plant Breeding Academy, please contact Joy Patterson at or visit

Seed Biology, Production & Quality - February
Delivering improved varieties and crop protection through high quality seed is a vital component of modern agricultural production systems. It is critical that seed producers have an understanding of the biological factors that contribute to the development and maintenance of seed health, vigor and viability, and how those qualities are measured. This course presents the scientific background for production, handling, storage and quality control procedures in the seed industry. It updates participants on new information in these topics, including seed pathology and seed enhancement. The course targets professionals in the seed industry, new employees, consultants and seed producers to extend and update their knowledge. 
Description: course has been expanded to include both hands-on exercises and detailed discussions of seed production and seed technology. Participants have the opportunity to attend Seed Central Research and Technology, Brainstorming and Forum events on the afternoon of February 14. For more information see

Topics include:
Flowering and pollination, seed development and maturation, production and certification, health and phytosanitation, harvesting and conditioning, vigor and viability, storage and longevity, biotechnology and seed enhancement.

Dates and Location:
February 12-14, 2013 (adjourns after lunch), UC Davis.

The SBC is pleased to announce that the 2011 Annual Report is now available on their website (here). This report captures many of the SBC’s 2011 activities as well as highlights on-going efforts. For questions or comments email Susan DiTomaso at


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