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The VegR&D Forum

An occasional meeting of the research managers of vegetable seed companies with breeding activities for the North American market.

PURPOSE
To enable discussion amongst research managers of long-term, pre-competitive research topics of importance to the North American vegetable seed industry, with invited participation by other relevant specialists such as university scientists, technology providers to the seed industry, and members of the downstream ag & food industries.

The VegR&D Forum is organized by Seed Central member companies.
All vegetable seed companies with breeding activities for the North American market are invited to attend the Forum.


 

Kent Bradford

  Richard Michelmore
 

Phyllis Himmel

 

Anne Britt

 

Bryce Falk

 

Isabelle Henry

   

Neal Williams

   

Second Forum
 

The VegR&D Forum (November 9 & 10, 2016)

Session 1
New research on seed vigor
Speaker: Kent Bradford, Professor of Plant Sciences & Director, Seed Biotechnology Center, UC Davis

Session 2
A project to identify and pool information about newly emerging disease strains and races (a possible extension of the CPPSI activities)
Speakers:
- Phyllis Himmel, Director, Collaboration for Plant Pathogen Strain identification (CPPSI)
- Bryce Falk, Professor of Plant Pathology, UC Davis

Session 3
Using wild bees for the pollination of seed crops
Speaker: Neal Williams, Associate Professor of Entomology, UC Davis

Session 4
New techniques for plant breeding
Speakers:
- Richard Michelmore, Director of the UC Davis Genome Center and Professor, UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Department of Microbiology and Immunology
- Anne Britt, Professor of Plant Biology, UC Davis
- Isabelle Henry, Associate Project Scientist, Luca Comai Laboratory, Genome Center and Department of Plant Biology, UC Davis

Video recordings of the presentations

See http://seedcentral.plantsciences.ucdavis.edu/veg-rd-forum-2016/

 

Posters (click to view) Poster abstracts
Identifying the Genetic Determinants of Pellicle Coloration in Walnut via Metabolomics and RNAseq
Timothy S. Butterfield and Abhaya M. Dandekar
Fruit ripening behaviour: Ethylene and the Regulation of Sugar Metabolism
Macarena Farcuh, HoYoun Kim, Bosheng Li and Eduardo Blumwald
An experiential learning-based public plant breeding pipeline for organic cultivar development: Student Collaborative Organic Plant Breeding Education (SCOPE) at UC Davis
Randi Jiménez, Saarah Kuzay, Jorge Berny, Stephanie Smolenski Zullo, Travis Parker, Zachary Dashner, Nisha Marwaha, Mengyuan Xiao, Jake Uretsky, Joshua Hegerty, Nicolas Cobo, Allen Van Deynze, Dina St.Clair, Paul Gepts, Antonia Palkovic, Carol Hillhouse, Raoul Adamchak, Mark Van Horn, Jared Zystro, and E. Charles Brummer
Rapid detection of preexisting internal Leuconostoc spp. spoilage populations in fresh-cut carrots during storage
Kellee H. Britt, Janneth Pinzon, and Trevor V. Suslow

Development of a protoplast system for non-transgenic, targeted genome editing in S. tuberosum
Fossi M.M., Amundson K.R., Jinata S.N., Comai L.
Utilizing wild Capsicum annuum (chile pepper) for breeding Beet curly top virus resistance in cultivated hot peppers
Jimenez R.C., Chen L.F., Gilbertson R.L., Hill T.H., Van Deynze A.E.

 

Tech Showcase
Held in conjunction with the Forum, the Tech Showcase featured cutting edge technologies offered by Seed Central member companies:

 

First Forum

The VegR&D Forum (April 2014)

At the suggestion of its members and in consultation with the American Seed Trade Association, Seed Central agreed to organize the VegR&D Forum, a meeting of the research managers of vegetable seed companies with breeding activities for the North American market.
The first Forum was organized in partnership with the UC Davis College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences and was held on April 9 & 10, 2014 on the UC Davis campus.

PURPOSE
To enable discussion amongst research managers of long-term, pre-competitive research topics and research-related policy issues of importance to the North American vegetable seed industry, with invited participation by other relevant specialists such as university scientists, technology providers to the seed industry, and members of the downstream ag & food industries.

Session 1

Topic Breeding for seed quality and advances in seed technology
   
Presentations Advances in Seed Technology – Seed Treatment and Coating
Alan Taylor, Cornell University

Breeding for seed quality (and some advances in seed technology)
Kent J Bradford, UC Davis

Session 2

Topic How can vegetable seed companies work together with the U.S. and State Governments to address the critical future needs for plant breeders, breeding assistants, agricultural technicians, pathologist, etc.?
   
Presentation How can vegetable seed companies work together with the U.S. and State Governments to address the critical future needs for plant breeders, breeding assistants, agricultural technicians, pathologist, etc.?
Allen Van Deynze, UC Davis (substituting for William Tracy, University of Wisconsin / NAPB Advocacy Group)

Session 3

Topic Managing and characterizing complex traits, including quantitative traits
   
Presentation Managing and characterizing complex traits, including quantitative traits
Charles Brummer, UC Davis

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