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About Seed Central

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.

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.

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, May 12


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Seed Central SCIENCE
on light and lighting technologies


  • Dr. Clark Lararias, Professor of Biochemistry, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, UC Davis (replacing Dr. Julin Maloof, who has a last minute conflict)
    Dr. Lagarias' research focuses on the extended phytochrome superfamily, bilin-based light sensors widespread in both eukaryotes and prokaryotes. Light-switches whose function depends on color and intensity of light, phytochromes and cyanobacteriochromes regulate photosynthesis-associated gene expression to optimize light energy conversion and to regulate growth, movement and reproduction to avoid suboptimal light conditions. We investigate representative species from all lineages of oxygenic photosynthetic organisms, including cyanobacteria, green alga and plants. Ongoing research seeks to leverage basic knowledge gained for optimizing yield and agronomic performance of photosynthetic species used for food, fiber and energy production.

  • Dr. Heiner Lieth, Professor / Extension Specialist, Plant Sciences, UC Davis
    Crop Ecologist specializing in greenhouse and nursery production, soilless culture, and applications of photovoltaic energy production in agriculture.

  • Dr. Melanie Yelton, Director of Research, LumiGrow Inc.
    As head of the LumiGrow research program, Melanie leads the entire horticultural lighting industry forward in discovering new ways to elicit desirable crop characteristics through the use of LEDs. Prior to joining LumiGrow, Melanie served as a lecturer and research scientist at Stanford University. Melanie completed a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship in microbial signaling between Rhizobium and alfalfa at Stanford University. She earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of California, Davis, where her work focused on plant pathogens

Location: Conference Center, UC Davis

Joint Seed Central
& Food Central FORUM

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Networking event
with featured speakers

4:30 - 6:00 Networking

6:10 - 7:00  Featured speaker
- Dr. Diane Barrett, Fruit and Vegetable Products Specialist, Food Science & Technology, UC Davis
Dr. Barrett's research addresses the effects of raw material quality and processing on color, flavor, texture and nutritional quality of fruit and vegetable products, with particular emphasis on enzyme-catalyzed reactions which result in qualitative losses. Specific enzymes studied include polyphenol oxidase, lipoxygenase, pectin methylesterase, polygalacturonase, peroxidase and hydroperoxide lyase. Handling and processing technologies of interest include fresh-cut processing, canning, freezing, irradiation, high pressure and aseptic processing. Dr. Barrett is the Site Director for the Center for Advanced Processing & Packaging.

Topic: 20+ Years of Processing Tomato Research in the Barrett Lab: The Condensed Version

Location: Conference Center, UC Davis

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