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Training opportunities – UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center

Multiple training opportunities available at the UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center two early-bird registrations end on December 15th

Seed Business 101 early-bird registration ends December 15th
Seed Business 101 was created with input from industry executives to accelerate the careers of promising new employees and young managers. The course has been offered since fall of 2010 and already attended by over 120 seed professionals. This educational opportunity gives participants a broad understanding of the major aspects of a seed company’s operations and cross-departmental knowledge of best practices for profitability.  The UC Davis, CA Field session on January 28 – February 1, 2013 has limited registration space available.

Seed Biology, Production & Quality early-bird registration ends December 15th
This course has been expanded to include both hands-on exercises and detailed discussions of seed production and seed technology. Topics include: Flowering and pollination, seed development and maturation, production and certification, health and phytosanitation, harvesting and conditioning, vigor and viability, storage and longevity, biotechnology and seed enhancement. This class will be at UC Davis on February 12-14, 2013. Five Registered Seed Technologist credits will be available upon completion of the class.  Participants also have the opportunity to attend Seed Central Research and Technology, Brainstorming and Forum events on the afternoon of February 14th. For more information see Seed Central.

UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy
The UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy (PBA) is a premium professional program offered in the USA, Europe and Asia. To date, more than one hundred private industry breeders have attended the PBA, making it the most significant program of its kind.  Registration is now open for Class III of the European Plant Breeding Academy. This program begins in October 2013. There is an early-bird registration discount available until March 31, 2013. For more information on the European Plant Breeding Academy contact Joy Patterson or visit the PBA.

Seed Authentication Markers Workshop
This course, in collaboration with the International Seed Academy, will be held at UC Davis on January 22-23, 2013. The program is targeted to experts and professionals in seed technology. This advanced course will cover the latest technologies for seed coatings, seed identification, systemic markers and related topics. Registration is available on the SBC website.  Three Registered Seed Technologist credits will be available upon completion of this course.

Program Management for Plant Breeders
This course will teach the principles of employee and resource management in a modern agricultural research program. It is designed for professionals directing plant breeding and laboratory programs. The session is scheduled for February 19-21, 2013 at UC Davis.

For questions and additional information go to SBC or contact Susan DiTomaso.

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