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

September 2016

UC Davis Program Management for Plant Breeders 

Larry Teuber Memorial Scholarship Recipient
Larry Teuber Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Twenty-five breeders/researchers representing public and private organizations from USA, Canada, Costa Rica, France, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Taiwan and Turkey, participated in the third offering of the course Program Management for Plant Breeders - September 20-22, 2016, Davis, CA. Participants included the recipient of the “Larry Teuber Memorial Scholarship”, Kay Watt, a PhD student at UC Davis.

Seed Business 101SM goes to Durham, North Carolina

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SBC completed another successful session of the Seed Business 101 course (Field Crop curriculum), September 12-16, 2016, in Durham, NC. 

Continuing to fill the critical need for trained plant breeders, the University of California, Davis Plant Breeding AcademySM (PBA) started its sixth class of students this month with a session in Davis, California. 

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August 2016

Collaborative effort between the Plant Breeding AcademySM and Limagrain in Bangkok, Thailand

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SBC Plant Breeding Academy (PBA) organized and delivered a customized training course as a collaborative effort with Limagrain Academy in Bangkok, Thailand, August 22-26, 2016.

The Agricultural Greater Good Initiative is aimed at alleviating global hunger, malnutrition, and poverty in the developing world. SBC Director of Research, Allen Van Deynze, is a part of the team working to change lives and improve communities in Africa. Read more

July 2016

HM.Clause a key sponsor of the Seed Biotechnology Center’s
Kent J. Bradford Endowed Chair was awarded the UC Davis Innovative Community Partner Award. Read more

SBC Director of Research, Allen Van Deynze unveils a hot new
tool for pepper breeding in article. Read more

June 2016

UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy graduates the fifth class


Last week the UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy graduated its fifth class with a session in Davis, California. Read more

The next class starts in September 2016.

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In this month's issue of the Nature Genetics magazine, the research work of SBC's Director of Research, Dr. Allen Van Deynze and colleagues on the carrot genome is featured. Read more.

May 2016

UC Global Food Initiative and SBC Plant Breeding students create video, "What is Plant Breeding?" 

How to Breed Plants, As Told by Students from UC GFI video project on Vimeo.

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Dr. Allen Van Deynze, SBC Director of Research, and a team of researchers succeed at identifying the full genetic code of the carrot to help improve crops. Read more.

This article was also featured in Seed World Daily.


March 2016

Kent and Alfred

SBC's Director, Dr. Kent Bradford and researchers discover a gene blocking lettuce germination that also regulates flowering time. Read more

This article was also featured in Seed World, American Vegetable Grower, SeedQuest, and the Davis Enterprise.



UC Davis helps fight stunting in Africa with orphan crops 

January 2016

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Two plant sciences professors — Kent Bradford and Gurdev Khush are among Seed World magazine’s picks for its list of the 100 most transformational men and women in the seed industry in the last 100 years. Read more.

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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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