Dear ICGI member,
we would like to make you aware of upcoming courses in Plant Breeding developed by UC
Davis, Asia Plant Breeding Academy and UC Davis Plant Breeding Academysm
Allen Van Deynze
UC Davis receives a royal visit from Thailand
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand visited UC Davis on May 14-
15, 2012. The Princess of Thailand and senior Thai academic scientists accompanying her
showed high interest in the newest developments in agricultural and nutritional research
presented to them by UC Davis faculty. HRH the Princess is a knowledgeable and dedicated
patron of several charitable organizations that are active in agriculture, nutrition and
community development in Thailand and other countries of Southeast Asia.
At the UC Davis workshop, Allen Van Deynze and Kent Branford of the UC Davis Seed
Biotechnology Center (SBC) had the honor to present a summary of recent SBC activities.
Allen described a new SBC educational program, the Asian Plant Breeding Academy that will
begin in November 2012 in Thailand in collaboration with the Asian & Pacific Seed
Association. Kent Bradford updated HRH the Princess on a novel technology (desiccant
drying beads) that is being implemented to address the challenge of safely drying and
storing seeds under humid conditions. This project, supported by a USAID-funded HortCRSP
grant, is based on technology developed by a Thai company (Rhino Research Group, Phitchit)
and is being implemented in Thailand, Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Kenya and other countries.
Such expertise and methods will be instrumental for adoption of advanced seed technologies
in Thailand's agricultural industry.
The UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy also begin in September, 2012 at UC Davis. For more
information on the UC Davis, SBC and Plant Breeding Academy in Asia visit
or contact Jeannette Martins,