Uc Davis Biotechnology Research Paper

February 2018

SBC congratulates graduates of Breeding with Genomics course

For the eighth time since 2004, Breeding with Genomics was offered on February 13-15, 2018 at UC Davis. Sixteen individuals from the US, Chile and Italy participated in the course. Instructors included Allen Van Deynze, Richard Michelmore, Paul Gepts, and Patrick J. Brown (all from UC Davis); Shawn Yarnes (Integrated Breeding Platform); and David Francis (The Ohio State University). The course covered diverse topics, including DNA markers, genotype by sequencing, marker-assisted backcrossing, molecular breeding in bean, breeding for disease resistance, and genome selection including hands on sessions in QTL mapping and application of Best Linear Unbiased Prediction.

The course is a part of a series of courses in plant breeding and seed technology including The UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy (PBA), a premium professional certificate program offered in the USA, Europe and Africa. To date, 281 breeders from over 60 countries have attended the UC Davis PBA, making it the most significant program of its kind. Applications are now being accepted for the 7th class of the Plant Breeding Academy in the USA beginning in September of 2018. For more information on the UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy visit http://pba.ucdavis.edu or contact Joy Patterson at jpatterson@ucdavis.edu.

January 2018

European Seed names SBC Education Director Rale Gjuric one of 20 most influential seed people in Europe

In an attempt to draw much-deserved attention to the movers and shakers in the European seed sector, European Seed put together a list of people who they view as highly influential in 2017. You may ask what makes an individual worthy of a spot on their list of the most influential seed people? They believe that each one of these incredible people have had a significant effect on the European seed sector in the past year(s)... Read article 

SBC Director of Research Allen Van Deynze and SeedQuest CEO Francois Korn featured in COMSTOCK'S January issue

Comstock’s, a monthly business publication in the Sacramento region, has released an article in its current issue featuring UC Davis, the Seed Biotechnology Center and Seed Central illustrating the importance of modern plant breeding to the future of vegetables. Read article 
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UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy highlighted at Plant and Animal Genome conference in San Diego as educational and training component of African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC) 

Howard-Yana Shapiro, chief agricultural officer at Mars Incorporated, who is also affiliated with UC Davis, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media lab, outlined the AOCC's goals during a session on African orphan crops at the conference. Read article 

SBC Director Kent Bradford presents in Bangkok at the Asia and Pacific Seed Association's (ASPA) annual flagship event

For the final of seven technical sessions, APSA's Standing Committee on Seed Technology welcomed renowned seed and biotechnology academic, Professor Kent Bradford (UCDavis), whose work and expertise spans diverse areas of seed science, from seed germination and conservation to mathematical modeling and molecular biology. Prof. Bradford presented his popular and proven viability-optimising "dry chain" model for maintaining seed quality. Read more and view video

WELCOME TO THE DEB (Designated Emphasis In Biotechnology Program)

The DEB is an inter-graduate group program that allows Ph.D. students to receive and be credited for training in the area of biotechnology. The UCD Biotechnology Program is the administrative home for this program.

The DEB provides a nurturing interactive environment to promote integration of multiple disciplinary approaches to the conduct of research and to promote learning in biotechnology. The mission is to prepare well-educated students to approach problems with creativity and fexibility. The program will provide tools for the students to be leaders, visionaries, entrepreneurs, researchers and teachers in the broad area of biomolecular technology.

We currently have ...

more than 230 students in the program as of 2016 and they come from a wide array of disciplines; Participating graduate programs include 29 programs and close to 250 faculty trainers of varied disciplines are affiliated with the DEB. 

The DEB provides a very effective multidisciplinary biotechnology concentration, which includes exposure to bioethics, business and legal aspects of biotechnology as well as a 3-6 month internship in a biotechnology company or research laboratory in another college or national laboratory. Dr. Kjelstrom, the Program Coordinator assists the students in locating internships, preparation of a strong cover letter and curriculum vitae, and the development of professional skills related to the business environment.


To provide well-coordinated, cross-disciplinary training of graduate students in critical areas of biomolecular technology research.
To promote interdisciplinary research environments that integrate basic biological science, engineering and computational disciplines.
To allow cross-disciplinary training and trainee experience in a biotechnology company or cross-college laboratory.
This program supplements a student's PhD. curriculum and those completing the DEB program will obtain an official designation on their diploma and transcript indicating a qualification in biotechnology.

Example: Doctoral Degree in Microbiology with a Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology

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