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About Seed Central

Seed Central is a public-private partnership.
Its purpose is to energize the seed and agbiotech 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 and agbiotech 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 11

Open to all

Click HERE to register

Seed Central
& Food Central FORUM

Networking event with featured speaker

ARC, UC Davis

4:30 - 6:00 Networking

6:10 - 7:00  Featured speaker: Dr. John McKay

Associate Professor, Colorado State University
Dr. McKay's seeks an understanding of the genetic basis of traits involved in adaptation to particular stresses (e.g. drought) for both applied (crop breeding, conservation, invasive species) and theoretical questions in ecology and evolution. Are adaptations due to: many genetic changes or only a few? New mutations or older alleles that persist at some frequency throughout the species range and history?
Director of Genetics, New West Genetics
Building on its success in breeding plants like rice and canola, New West Genetics is using its proprietary methods and knowledgebase to improve the genetics and growing processes of Cannabis sativa, initially starting with hemp.

  Topic: Cannabis genetics and breeding: an update from New West Genetics

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