Seed Biotechnolgies Symposium: Filling the Gap between the Public and Private Sectors
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:
- Blumwald, Eduardo - Engineering drought tolerance in crops
- Bradford, Kent - Commercialization/regulation of new varieties
- Bradford, Kent - First 10 years of the Seed Biotechnology Center
- Causse, Mathilde - Improvement of sensory quality in tomato
- Chi-Ham, Cecilia - Technology transfer in the public sector
- Dirks, Rob - Plant breeding revised and reversed
- Freymark, Peter - Education of plant scientists; an industry perspective
- Jahn, Molly - Educating the next generation of plant breeders
- Kridl, Jean - Nitrogen use efficiency in crops
- McElroy, Jeff - Biomass supply chain and breeding for energy
- Michelmore, Richard - Molecular markers for lettuce improvement
- Osborn, Tom - Molecular assisted selection in vegetables
- Van Deynze, Allen - Private/public partnerships
Additional event information for the symposium can be found at: Seed Biotechnologies Program.
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