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

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The mission of the Seed Biotechnology Center (SBC) is to mobilize the research, educational and outreach resources of UC Davis in partnership with the seed and biotechnology industries to facilitate discovery and commercialization of new seed technologies for agricultural and consumer benefit.

News and Updates

February 2017

Allen Van Deynze, video frame
SBC Director of Research Allen Van Deynze and UCD genetics researcher Juan Medrano featured in UNIVISION Sacramento TV news piece highlighting coffee genome research: Importante avance científico podría permitir cultivo de café en California (Important scientific breakthrough could allow coffee cultivation in California). See more

Seed Production course participants, Feb. 2017
SBC complete another successful session of the Seed Production course • February 14-16, 2017, in Davis, CA. The fifty-nine (59) participants represented twelve (12) countries and forty-one (41) companies with regional, national and international reach. Read more

Drying beads
"Absorbent Beads Could Save Energy—and Lives" in MIT Technology Review: SBC Director Kent Bradford believes a simple ceramic bead that sucks moisture out of the air can make agriculture far more energy efficient and much less expensive. The beads were developed by Rhino Research in Thailand. Bradford and his collaborators there have spent several years testing and refining the technology. Read more

Dr. Robert Dirks
Dr. Robert Dirks, an outstanding scientist and plant breeder, has joined the team of the UC Davis PBA as an instructor with the upcoming EPBA Class V. He recently retired from his position of Research Manager with Rijk Zwaan and will focus on service to the plant breeding industry. European PBA applications are now being acceptedRead more

SBC Director Kent Bradford weighs in on the safety of the world’s first GMO apple, which is hitting the U.S. market next month. But, it’s not a Washington apple. The Arctic Apple is produced by Canada’s Okanagan Specialty Fruits... Read more

January 2017

coffee in beakers
The first public genome sequence for Coffea arabica, the species responsible for more than 70 percent of global coffee production, has been released by UC Davis researchers. The sequencing was conducted through a collaboration between SBC Director of Research Allen Van Deynze and UCD researchers Dario Cantu, Juan Medrano, and Amanda Hulse-Kemp. Read more

Seed Central Highlighted
The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities designated UCD as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity university, noting UCD's economic impact through key initiatives such as support of SBC partner program Seed Central. Read more

December 2016

SBC Director, Dr. Kent Bradford, speaks about improving yields and embracing technology in Takepart news story, How Do We Feed a Growing World?

Seed World logo
The SBC Plant Breeding Academy is among the programs highlighted in continuing education by Seed World. Read more

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The National Council of Commercial Plant Breeders recognized SBC Director of Research, Allen Van Deynze, with the Public Plant Breeding Award. Read more 

November 2016

Food Dive article
Dr. Kent Bradford, SBC Director, is in Food Dive feature story, What do GMO-free zones mean for farmers and food

SBC Director of Research, Allen Van Deynze, talks about New Breeding Tools, New Opportunities in the latest Germination Update.

Upcoming Courses & Events

European Plant Breeding Academy - Early Bird Discount Ends
Date: March 31, 2017

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Kent Bradford highlighted in Seed World magazine, September 2015

featured in 
Seed World Magazine
Two plant sciences professors-- Kent Bradford and Gurdev Khush are among  SEED WORLD magazines's picks for its list of 100 most transformational men and women in the seed industry in the last 100 years.

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