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

Seed Biotechnolgies Symposium: Filling the Gap between the Public and Private Sectors

The Seed Biotechnology Center (SBC) was started in the spring of 1999 when one half-time employee was hired to work with Professor Kent Bradford, the newly named Director.  Ten years later, the SBC has grown into a hub for research, education and outreach.  It is with great pride the SBC celebrates its 10th anniversary.

To help commemorate its accomplishments, the SBC recently hosted a symposium entitled “Seed Biotechnologies: Filling the Gap between the Public and Private Sector.”  This two-day event brought together 169 people, including 84 researchers in the private sector, to discuss most advanced techniques to improve crop plants.  Topics discussed included facilitation of conventional plant breeding through the use of molecular markers, use of biotechnology to create novel traits and varieties, commercialization of new technologies and germplasm, and the education of current and future plant breeders and scientists.

“It was humbling to see the great turnout,” said Dr. Allen Van Deynze, Director of Research for the SBC.  “We were particularly pleased to see the interactions between industry scientists and academics, exactly what the Seed Biotechnologies Symposium aimed to foster.”

Since its inception, Dr. Bradford has strived to improve seed technologies for agricultural and consumer benefit.  The Seed Biotechnologies Symposium is a great example of this vision and commitment to strengthen the seed community.   “A goal of the SBC is to bring outstanding scientists from around the world to California where local scientists in the seed industry can learn about their work and interact with them.  The excellent keynote speakers invited to the symposium, as well as our own elite scientists from the University of California, provided an exciting view of the current state of plant genetics and breeding,” stated Bradford.

However, this celebratory event offered more than just an update on the progression of research in the field.  Bradford continued by saying that “in addition to the symposium itself, the opportunities for networking and development of collaborative projects resulted in new initiatives that will be the focus of future work at the SBC.”

Thank you to all those who joined us May 11-12, 2009, for helping us create such a sucessful symposium!  Due to the large number of requests, we have requested  permission from the speakers to provide the audience members with access to the slides.  PDF versions of the presentations are shown below:

Symposium Presentations

Additional event information for the symposium can be found at: Seed Biotechnologies Program.

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