Outreach and Public Service
As a public, independent voice, the SBC actively engages in promoting science-based decisions for policy and regulations. The range of outreach activities includes everything from writing scientific articles to explaining genetic engineering to a California county board of supervisors to testifying in Europe before an international forum. In addition, the SBC has coordinated numerous events focusing on various topics. The SBC is always looking for opportunities to connect scientific information and expertise with interested audiences.
Some examples of outreach and public service activities:
- American Seed Research Summit - In 2008, the SBC worked with the American Seed Trade Association and other industry, government and academic groups to convene an American Seed Research Summit to identify critical research, education and policy objectives to maintain excellence in plant breeding and seed biology.
- The SBC took the lead in producing "100 Years of Breeding" a Centennial publication tracking the history of plant breeding at UC Davis.
- Stakeholder communication - The SBC has organized and hosted group meetings to discuss procedures for introduction of biotech varieties in order to minimize impacts on existing seed production and marketing operations. Also, the SBC has organized meetings for academic and public parties to discuss, for example, how to best incorporate genomics into breeding programs for Solanaceae crops.
- Solanaceae Coordinated Agricultural Project - This project integrates research, education and outreach activities of potato and tomato to help understand variation for agriculturally important traits.
- Economic Analysis of the California Seed Industry - This economic analysis was conducted in collaboration with the UC Agricultural Issues Center.
- Chile-California Partnership - The SBC played a central role in establishing this partnership.
- Agricultural Biotechnology in California (ABC) Series - The SBC was involved in developing a series of publications describing the principles behind agricultural biotechnology and some of its important applications.
- California Seed Association fact sheets - This series of fact sheets was prepared by the CSA to inform the public about the California seed industry and related issues.
- Workshop on Biotechnology for Horticultural Crops - The SBC organized this meeting to assess the scientific, regulatory and marketing challenges to the application of biotechnology for horticultural crops. The proceedings of the meeting were published as a special issue ofCalifornia Agriculture.
- Plant Breeding and Genomics Online Resource Reaches Milestone - As global food needs increase, so does the need for crops that can be efficiently and safely produced. Traditional plant breeding methods have served well in the past and breakthrough technologies are now available to aid this process.
- Breeding with Molecular Markers - February 2012 - February 2012
- Gene Flow Conference - September 2011
- Seed Biotechnolgies Symposium: Filling the Gap between the Public and Private Sectors; May 2009
- American Seed Research Summit; September 2008
- Translational Seed Biology: From Model Systems to Crop Improvement -
- Meeting on Biotechnology Regulation, September 2007
Hosted by the UCDavis Seed Biotechnology Center and
Public Research & Regulation Initiative (PRRI)
- Solanaceae CAP Meeting Information
- Alfalfa Seed Quality Stewardship: California Stakeholder Team Meeting - January 2005