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Seed Biotechnology Center at UC Davis

Welcome to the SBC

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.

Featured Courses

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Leadership Program for Plant Breeders
November 15-17, 2022
Registration Now Open

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Seed Business 101: Horticulture
November 28 - December 2, 2022
Registration now open


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Accepting Applications for European class VII
Class VII Starts in the Netherlands October 2022

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Seed Production
Date TBD, 2023
In-person at UC Davis
Registration opening soon!

News and Updates

European Plant Breeding Academy Graduates Class VI

Congratulations to Class VI of the European UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy(sm)  (EPBA) on their recent Graduation! Preferred in-person teaching model for 6 weeks, EPBA VI had 2 sessions online in 2021 due to pandemic. The graduating class includes 17 students from 13 countries, and all are now fully trained to run plant breeding programs and/or contribute to larger breeding teams.

PBA VIII Completes Week 2

Class VIII of the Plant Breeding Academy recently finished their second week in Davis. Selection Theory, Genetic Variances, Heritability’s, Accumulation of favorable alleles, Genetic Gain, Recurrent Selection, Chromosome engineering, to name just a few topics we covered last week. The class enjoyed getting together again, this time with all 20 students in attendance.