UC Berkeley Hosts American Seed Trade Association

On October 3, 2018, UC Berkeley hosted the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) at an event called "ASTA meets UC Berkeley." The event was organized at the initiative of Seed Central, a public-private partnership between the seed industry and University of California campuses. The delegation included ASTA President and CEO Andrew LaVigne, Seed Central Co-Founder and Managing Director François Korn, and BioConsortia CEO Marcus Meadows-Smith. Hosted by UC Berkeley's College of Natural Resources (CNR), the Innovative Genomics Instsitute (IGI), and the American Seed Trade Association, this event provided a great chance for ASTA members to increase their awareness of relevant science, scientists, and opportunities for sponsoring research at UC Berkeley, and for students to hear about career options in the seed industry and connect with its representatives. The 30+ CEOs and research managers at the event came from international seed companies including Bayer, Corteva Agriscience, HM.Clause, Syngenta, and Rijk Zwaan. Speakers included PMB Professor Brian Staskawicz, PMB Professor Krishna Niyogi, Robinson Chair and ARE Professor David Zilberman, and PMB Cooperative Extension Specialist Peggy Lemaux, among others.

The delegation from the American Seed Trade Association met with UC Berkeley scientists and students to learn about campus science and technologies, and to talk about the industry’s medium- and long-term research and HR requirements. This event provided a wonderful opportunity for UC Berkeley researchers to present work, learn about the seed industry, and explore future employment opportunities.

Time Speaker Session
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM All Lunch
12:15 PM - 12:25 PM Brian Staskawicz - IGI Introduction
12:25 PM - 12:40 PM Andrew LaVigne - ASTA ASTA President & CEO
12:40 PM - 1:10 PM Krishna Niyogi - PMB "Altering Photo Protection to Improve Crop Productivity"
1:10 PM - 1:40 PM Peggy Lemaux - PMB "Students Narrowing the Gap Between Scientific and Societal Consensus"
1:40 PM - 2:10 PM Benjamin Blackman - PMB "Natural Variation in Responses to the Predictable Environment"
2:40 PM - 3:10 PM Sheng Luan - PMB "Regulation of Nutrient Homeostasis and Use Efficiency in Plants"
3:10 PM - 3:25 PM Alex Schultink - IGI/Fortiphyte "Beyond Chemicals: Utilizing Genetic Diversity to Control Plant Disease"
3:25 PM - 3:55 PM All Break
3:55 PM - 4:25 PM Myeong Je Cho - IGI "Overview of Research Programs and Activities at the IGI Plant Genomics and Transformation Facilility"
4:25 PM - 4:55 PM Ksenia Krasileva - PMB TBD
4:55 PM - 5:10 PM John Vogel - IGI "Pan-Genomics and High Density Phenomics: Implications for Breeding"
5:10 PM - 5:20 PM David Zilberman - ARE "Lessons for Genome Editing from Transgenics"
5:20 PM - 5:30 PM Becky Mackelprang - PMB "From Leaves to Roots to Microbes: How Sorghum Responds to Drought"
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Student Poster Presentations and Networking


Hosts and Organizers:

Innovative Genomics Institute American Seed Trade Association
College of Natural Resources, University of California, Berkeley Seed Central


Bayer Vegetable Seeds BASF Vegetable Seeds Takii
Enza Zaden Bejo Seeds Rijk Zwaan
Beck's Hybrids RiceTec Syngenta
Sakata Seed BioConsortia Corteva Agriscience