Seed Production @ University of California, Davis, Seed Biotechnology Center, Sacramento [from 11 to 14 February]

Seed Production

11 - 14
13:00 - 20:00

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University of California, Davis, Seed Biotechnology Center
Plant Reproductive Biology Building, Extension Center Drive, Davis, California 95616
Seed Production course focuses on the biological, genetic, agronomic and technological processes and practices involved in the production and processing of agricultural seeds and how they influence seed quality. The course will also cover the postharvest conditioning processes and seed technology treatments that can enhance seed quality.

Learn from leading industry and academic experts!

Jim Schweigert – Gro Alliance
Ron Amarel – Suba Seeds
Tye Anderson – Sakata Seed America
John Palmer – California Crop Improvement Association
Michael Dowgert – CropX
Pamela Marrone – Marrone Bio Innovations
Patty Buskirk – Seeds by Design
Peter Marks – Aginnovation
Mike Pereira — Granum Services
Kent Bradford — UC Davis
Greg Welbaum — Virginia Tech University
Lindsay du Toit – Washington State University
Elina Nino – UC Davis
Neal Williams – UC Davis
Pedro Bello – UC Davis
Rale Gjuric – UC Davis

Course Daily Highlights
Monday, February 11 – 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Introductions and overviews
• Introductions of course, instructors and participants
• Overview of the keys to successful seed production
• Overview of the biology of seed production
• Group discussion on aspects of induction of flowering and seed development

Tuesday, February 12 – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
The basics of seed production
• Plant and seed pathology
• Hybrid and pure-line seed production
• Quality control
• Flower development, fertilization and embryogenesis
• Management of pollinators
• Group discussions on issues in pollination and seed production

Wednesday, February 13 – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Opportunities to enhance seed production
• Potential contributions of emerging agricultural technologies to seed production
• Organic seed production and the role of biologicals
• Seed enhancement and storage
• Advanced and novel seed technologies
• Group discussion on opportunities to enhance seed production and quality

Thursday, February 14 — 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Specifics of seed production tailored to crop categories: Wet vegetable seed, dry vegetable seed and agronomic crop seed
• Producing the seed
• Maturing, harvesting and drying the seed
• Conditioning the seed
• Improving seed production through seed production research
• Group discussions on maximizing seed quality through optimized seed production practices

For more information and registration visit contact Julie Tillman at [email protected]
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