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Student program

- shadowing days
- meeting an executive
- field trips
- poster competition
- grand prize internships
- workshops
Veg R&D Forum
Veg RD Forum
Seed to Fork initiative
Sensory description of cooked onions
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The initiative

Established in 2010, Seed Central is an initiative of the Seed Biotechnology Center at UC Davis and SeedQuest, joined by a growing number of companies and organizations in the global seed and food industry.

Seed Central's purpose is to energize the seed industry cluster surrounding UC Davis.

UC Davis is a world leader in seed, plant and agricultural sciences. Some 100 seed and seed-related companies are located near UC Davis and benefit greatly from its proximity, but the influence of UC Davis extends throughout the USA and far beyond.

Seed Central facilitates communication & research collaboration between the seed industry and UC Davis in order to bring science to market faster.

Read the article about Seed Central in CSA News, official magazine for members of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America.

  • reinforce the collaboration between university and industry in the region,

  • bring science to market faster to strengthen university and industry,

  • facilitate research collaboration and IP
    & technology transfer,

  • attract innovative companies to the region,

  • get talented individuals to view UC Davis as a great place for advanced degrees and the Seed Central region as a prime location for exciting careers, 

  • strengthen for all participants the benefits of operating within a dynamic and innovative industry cluster,

  • ensure that the region retains its preeminence in the rapidly growing field of competing seed and agbiotech hubs.


Attend the next Seed Central events...... 









Thursday, September 10

Joint Seed Central & Food Central FORUM
Networking event with featured speakers

Registration will open late August



4:30 - 6:00

6:00 - 7:00 
Featured speaker

Jose Kawashima
MiCafeto Coffee Company

Josť Yoshiaki Kawashima was born in a family which was a proprietor of a coffee roasting operation in Japan. After focusing his studies on coffee agriculture in El Salvador. In 1981 Jose started working for UCC Ueshima Coffee Company, Ltd. in Japan, and during his tenure with the company he became involved in projects covering such species as Jamaica Blue Mountain, Hawaii Kona, and Sumatra Mandheling. He also became involved in the protection and preservation of Madagascar's Mascaro coffee as well as in the development of naturally low-caffeine coffee. In addition he helped restore Bourbon and Pointu coffees in the Reunion Island.
In 2007 he resigned from UCC after he had become an Executive Operating Officer and General Manager of Agri-Research Division. In 2008 he founded Mi Cafeto Co., Ltd.and assumed its presidency.
He has written several books including "Coffee Hunter: Rebirth of the Lengendary Bourbon and Pointu," published by Heibonsha Ltd.

Topic: to be announced

Location: Conference Center, UC Davis


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