Seed Central
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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
Collaborative research lab with industry partners
The ScienceFinder
A proof-of-concept, de- risking entity
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Seed Biotechnology Center at UC Davis
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 is a public-private partnership.
Its purpose is to energize the seed industry cluster surrounding UC Davis and to contribute to the economic development in the region and beyond.

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

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.

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, October 22

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

11:30 - 12:40 Networking (catered lunch)

12:40 - 1:30  Featured speaker:  Dr. Carl Winter, CE Food Toxicologist, Food Science and Technology, UC Davis
Dr. Carl Winter is Extension Food Toxicologist and Vice Chair of the Food Science and Technology Department at UC Davis. His research and outreach work focus upon pesticide residues and naturally-occurring toxins in foods, risk assessment, and risk communication. He has authored two books and more than 150 publications in the scientific and lay literature, has given more than 1,000 news media interviews, and has testified on several occasions for the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. As an accomplished musician, Dr. Winter has developed an innovative musical approach to educate the general population about contemporary food safety issues. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists, the recipient of the 2009 NSF International Food Safety Leadership Award, and the 2012 winner of the CAST Borlaug Communication Award.

Topic: - Mythbusters: Pesticide Residue Edition

Location: Hartnell College, main campus, Building C, Student Center, Steinbeck Hall - Salinas, California



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