Latest News

Dr. Jovan Djordjevic joins the SBC as executive director

We are excited to welcome Dr. Jovan Djordjevic to our team as SBC’s executive director! Jovan has spent over 25 cumulative years with Monsanto, Limagrain and BASF Vegetable Seeds, where he most recently directed research and breeding teams and developed crop strategy (vegetable seeds) as BASF Vegetable’s Global R&D Team Lead for breeding. An accomplished and experienced plant breeder, he brings a broad-based expertise in plant breeding research and development.

Rale Gjuric, former SBC dducation director, discusses the many uses of Hemp, with Marcel Bruins (European Seed)

Industrial hemp has many uses, including paper, textiles, biodegradable plastics, construction, health food, and fuel. With the increased focus on breeding for industrial hemp and cannabis, European Seed spoke with Rale (Radiša) Gjuric, Director of the UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy, to get his take on the ins and outs of this new course and the risen interest in the crop.
Read more

SBC director Allen Van Deynze addresses American Frozen Food Institute

On March 1, 2020 (pre-COVID) and on behalf of the American Seed Trade Association, SBC director Allen Van Deynze, Jeff Zischke (Senior Director Research and Development, Sakata Seed America) and Andy LaVigne (President and CEO, American Seed Trade Association) discussed the importance of plant breeding innovation such a gene editing with the American Frozen Food Institute.

Allen Van Deynze invited as plenary speaker: 2020 Oxford Nanopore London Calling

Along with Bernice Waweru (BecA/ILRI), SBC Director Allen Van Deynze will be a plenary speaker at the 2020 Oxford Nanopore London Calling event, being held on June 18-19. Over 2500 people have already registered for this exciting event. Presentation Title: The African Orphan Crops Consortium, Alleviating Stunting due to Malnutrition One Crop at a Time. London Calling is a conference dedicated to scientific research using nanopore DNA/RNA sequencing.

SBC releases 2019 Annual Report

In 2019, the SBC celebrated its 20th anniversary. Read about our festive celebration event last September as well as our numerous outreach, research and educational activities throughout 2019. It was a busy and productive year!

Study Finds Indigenous Mexican Variety of Corn Captures the Nitrogen It Needs from the Air

A team of researchers including SBC Director of Research, Dr. Allen Van Deynze and Cristobal Heitmann, discover an indigenous variety of corn that can “fix nitrogen” from the atmosphere, instead of requiring synthetic fertilizers. Cristobal Heitman, “Cris”, was a beloved member of the UC Davis Plant Sciences Department. Cris’s energy and enthusiasm were a major catalyst in this research.