Seed Central
about Seed Central
Seed Central members and partners
benefits of membership
Networking events
Calendar of events
Who attends?
Past speakers
Research consortia
Plant and Seed Sciences Partnership Program
Student program

Student program

- shadowing days
- meeting an executive
- field trips
- 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
Learn more
institutional rankings of UC Davis
the seed industry in California
recent events at the core of Seed Central
Seed Central in the media
Founding members
UC Davis
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'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.

We named this seed industry cluster Seed Central and undertook to breathe into it a bit of Silicon Valley magic.

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

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

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

  • facilitate research collaborations and IP & technology transfer,

  • attract to the region more innovative companies,

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

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

How to participate

Click here to learn how you can benefit from Seed Central, whether you are within driving distance of UC Davis or farther away.

Coming to the events from far away?

Click HERE for information about Davis, transportation, food and lodging, etc.

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


Thursday, October 9th

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

Registration opens early November

1:30 - 4:00 SPECIAL SESSION showcasing cutting edge technologies
Emceed by Dr. Allen Van Deynze, Research Director, Seed Biotechnology Center, UC Davis


  • Dr. Edwin Reidel, Business Manager, North America, LemnaTec
    Automated, high-throughput phenotyping from assay plates to field plots
  • Dr. Darshna Vyas , LGC Genomics
    Accelerating marker assisted selection from dirt to data with KASP
  • Dr. Susan Turner, Principal Scientist, BioConsortia
    Selection of microbes for crop trait improvement a plant breeding approach

NEW LOCATION: Environmental Horticulture Room 146, UC Davis

4:30 - 6:00 Networking

6:00 - 7:00  Featured speaker - Dr. Helene Dillard, Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis

Location: Conference Center, UC Davis

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