The UC Davis Advantage
"Seeds are nature’s best design for packaging genetic information in a storage container that is durable and easily used. Researchers are now beginning to unravel the genetic information carried in these seeds, and with this new knowledge come opportunities for novel approaches to select and enhance desirable genetic traits. The Seed Biotechnology Center serves as a focus for the efforts at UC Davis to use the knowledge gained from genomics to improve seed quality and value." Neal Van Alfen, Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis
UC Davis has more than 120 faculty members engaged in research and teaching in plant sciences with expertise in seed biology and technology, genetics, developmental biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, plant pathology, weed science, agricultural engineering, agricultural economics, entomology, nematology and nutrition. UC Davis offers areas of emphasis in Plant Reproductive Biology, Genomics and Bioinformatics, ensuring a strong academic and research foundation for seed biotechnology.
With some 3,500 acres of agricultural land and 142,000 square feet of greenhouses space, UC Davis is a perfect home for the Seed Biotechnology Center. The campus has made significant investments in facilities to support plant sciences, including the Plant and Environmental Sciences building and the Core Greenhouse Complex, located adjacent to the Plant Reproductive Biology building where SBC is housed. The Bowley Plant Sciences Teaching Center, a privately funded $1.3 million facility dedicated to teaching in plant and crop sciences, is located between the Greenhouse Complex and the SBC. The Department of Plant Sciences invested $150,000 to equip teaching laboratories in the Bowley Center.
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