The research publications included here support intellectual property protection that enables and encourages essential research investment in plant breeding worldwide.
The Discipline of Plant Breeding
On February 19th, 2020 the first set of seminars in what is planned to become a series of ‘advancements in plant breeding symposia’ was held in Washington DC. The event was jointly sponsored by the National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB), Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee (PBCC), and the University of California, Davis Seed Biotechnology Center. The purpose of the workshop was to provide presentations on the sciences contributing to plant breeding to open a dialog with the federal agencies, such as the EPA, FDA, USDA, and USTR. This public workshop on a range of topics in plant breeding from the public sector had the specific intent to improve communication between the public and private sectors of the plant breeding community with these federal agencies.
Access the full report here: The Discipline of Plant Breeding
USDA APHIS-funded studies to assess and identify potential reservoir/weed host plants for CGMMV in California cucurbit seed production areas.
Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) has been an ongoing issue in California since it was first discovered in 2013 The following year, 2014, saw the largest outbreak of the disease, which caused economic losses to seedless triploid watermelon production in four counties. The California cucurbit and seed industries were alarmed at the scope of the outbreak. To try to determine if weed species are hosts for CGMMV and have the potential for carrying over CGMMV between years, we started surveying fields with past detections. This report describes the field conditions during sampling and the testing results.
Seed Coat Permeability to Systemic Seed Treatment Uptake
The objectives of this study were to investigate the uptake capacity of seeds and assess the role of the seed coat on uptake.
Nanobiotechnology Seed Enhancement by Increased Seed Coat Permeability
Seed coat permeability was examined using a model that tested the effects of soaking tomato seeds in combination with carbon-based nanomaterials (CBNMs) and ultrasonic (US) irradiation. Penetration of seed coats to the embryo by CBNMs, as well as CBNMs effects on seed germination and seedling growth were examined.