The November 2018 session included tours of the Dupont Integrated Seed Science Center, Ankeny, IA; North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station, Ames, IA; Huxley Learning Center, Huxley, IA; and the Bayer seed production facility, Boone, IA. Invited guest speakers, David Beck, independent plant breeding consultant and former corn breeding project lead for Syngenta and CIMMYT, gave a comprehensive presentation regarding the Pigeon pea: from breed to seed; and Dr. Jeanne Serb and David Wright shared a brief look into the biotechnology services available at Iowa State University.
Short course participants felt the session topics were broad and understandable, and provided critical information to anyone involved in the seed industry.
“Great connection between academic concepts to how these concepts are used in industry,” said Chad Kimmelshue, ISU graduate research assistant in Agronomy.
The STB short courses are offered through the Graduate Program in Seed Technology and Business and are hosted at the Seed Science Center located on the ISU campus. The center houses the most comprehensive public seed testing laboratory in the world and is recognized globally as a leader in seed research, testing and education.
For more information, or to register for future Seed Science & Technology or Seed Business Management short courses, visit: www.seedgrad.iastate.edu/stbshortcourse or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, ph. 515-294-6947. Seating is limited.