Seed Biology & Quality Course, UC Davis, June 19 – 21, 2018

Delivering improved varieties and crop protection through high quality seed is a vital component of modern agricultural production systems. It is critical that seed producers and marketers have an understanding of the biological factors that contribute to the development and maintenance of seed health, vigor and viability, and how those qualities are measured. This course presents the scientific background and technical protocols for assessing, enhancing and maintaining high seed quality and updates participants on new information in these topics, including seed pathology and enhancement. The program targets quality assurance professionals in the seed industry, new employees, consultants, breeders and seed producers to extend and update their knowledge.

2 RST credits available to class participants!

This course is taught by widely respected academic and public sector researchers and industry executives.

Core Instructors and guest lecturers include:

Kent J. Bradford — Professor, Department of Plant Sciences and Director, Seed Biotechnology Center, UC Davis

Phyllis Himmel — Director, Collaboration for Plant Pathogen Strain Identification (CPPSI)
Samantha Thomas — Global Stewardship and Industry Affairs Lead, Monsanto
Deborah Meyer — Program Supervisor of the Seed Science, Nematology, and Plant Pathology Laboratories at the California Department of Food and Agriculture Plant Pest Diagnostics Center

Diane Krause — Plant Pathology Researcher, Monsanto
Matt May — Seed Pathology Scientist, Monsanto
Mike O’Leary — PhD Researcher, Department of Plant Pathology, UC Davis
Pedro Bello — Research Associate, Department of Plant Sciences, Seed Biotechnology Center, UC Davis

Riad Baalbaki — Senior Seed Botanist, Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, California Department of Food and Agriculture

Course Topics

  • Seed development and maturation
  • Seed vigor and viability
  • Seed health and phytosanitation
  • Seed testing
  • Seed enhancement
  • Seed longevity and storage
  • Seed biotechnology
  • Seed pathology

Lab Topics

  • Standardized seed health testing methods
  • Certification of labs for seed health testing
  • Testing treated vs. non-treated seed (fungicide, bactericide, biological, organic & disinfectant treatments)
  • Molecular vs. ‘biological’ seed health assays (indirect vs. direct assays)
  • Location of infection of seeds by plant pathogens
  • Sample size for seed health testing, seed sampling protocols

For more information and registration about Seed Biology and Quality, please contact Julie Tillman (

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