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Arcadia biosciences will establish seed to sale vertical cannabis

Past speakers

FOCUS on indoor and vertical agriculture
See March 2021 UC Davis news release
See information about the Urban Greenhouse Challenge #3

Gail Taylor
Chair of the Plant Sciences Dept.
UC Davis
Heiner Lieth
Professor and
Extension Specialist,
Plant Sciences Dept.
UC Davis
Md Shamim Ahamed
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
UC Davis
Max Vo
Managerial Economics Student,
Plant Sciences Researcher at UC Davis,
Team AggieCulture Leader for the Urban Greenhouse Challenge #3
Swasti Reddy
Product Development Manager
Vilmorin-Mikado USA
David Nothmann
Unfold Bio

On January 27:

  • 8:00 – 9:00 AM Pacific time: 1st series of 20 3-minute presentations
  • 1:00 – 2:00 PM Pacific time: 2nd series of 20 3-minute presentations
  • online company visits, during which you will be able
    to learn more about these companies and their technologies than fits in a 3-minute presentation, meet team members, ask many questions, and lay
    the groundwork for future collaboration.

Kent Bradford
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Founder Emeritus, Seed Biotechnology Center
Co-Founder, Seed Central
UC Davis

Topic: Understanding the behavior of seed (and cell) populations

Following up on this presentation, Kent Bradford will present and discuss his vision for new developments in seed science and technology at a Seminar Series, offered to Seed Central Premium members.

Interested? Contact Fran�ois Korn at [email protected]

Focus on digital & AI technologies for agriculture
This is how the Digital Agriculture laboratory at UC Davis defines ‘digital agriculture’:
Digital Agriculture integrates advanced technologies to enhance agricultural production system. It includes cutting-edge techniques to acquire data, convert them to practical knowledge using validated interpretation models, and exploit this knowledge as decision-support tools.

The Artificial Intelligence Institute for Next Generation Food Systems, or AIFS, was launched October 1, 2020 to solve the world�s biggest challenges to crop and food production facing our planet: ensuring a sustainable, nutritious, efficient and safe food supply while mitigating the impacts of climate change.

Dr. Patil�s team is using a multi-pronged approach to improve breeding, bolster the consumption of regionally produced specialty melons, and strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of the U.S. melon industry.

Seeds by Design�s original concept in 1994 was based on the production, marketing, and brokering of high quality, open pollinated vegetable seed varieties to the home garden market. Shortly thereafter, we discovered the seed market was saturated with many seed companies selling the same products. The realization that seed buyers were hungry for new and unique products to grow their own market channels, helped create the innovation that continues to drive Seeds by Design to become and remain a market leader.

Seeds by Design�s collection of experimental niche markets, including heirloom, hybrid, open pollinated, and uniquely colored vegetables, are expanding faster than we can produce the seed. Currently, Seeds by Design�s product line consists largely of proprietary and specialty products that are only available for purchase from us. Seeds by Design�s knowledge and experience creates the foundation to produce high quality wholesale products and distribute both domestically and internationally with the diversity and service our customers demand.

  • Her Startup – Encounters with women entrepreneurs who launched their own companies in ag & food, from seed to health (April 2021)
  • The ‘Job Panorama’ in a seed company (April 2019)
  • Seed & agbiotech professionals with atypical backgrounds (March 2018)
  • Women in biotech (March 2017)
  • The seed industry is a great place for women to work – and for men too (January 2016)

Dr. Siobhan Brady
Department of Plant Biology, College of Biological Sciences
Genome Center
UC Davis

Root Cell Type Development, Evolution and its Integration with the Environment

In a February 2021 article, the magazine The Scientist describes Dr. Brady as �a pioneer in teasing apart the changes in gene expression that drive root development�. It states: �Her lab recently completed a years-long project to map gene expression and regulation in individual tomato cell types that she expects will be a valuable resource in researchers� efforts to breed plants that are going to be more able to tolerate harsh environments.�

See also May 2021 news release:

Focus on artificial intelligence technology
relevant to the seed, ag, agbiotech and food industry

The region�s microbiome research cluster
Presentations and panel discussion

  • Overview of UC Davis microbiome and microbial science, technology and resources of relevance for the seed, agbiotech and food industries: short presentations by several campus scientists on their areas of research;
  • Short presentations by companies active in the microbiome and microbial space;
  • Panel discussion + Q&A: growing the cluster; opportunities for public-private research collaboration; fostering creativity and startups; attracting new talent, etc.

5th Innovators Showcase @ UC Davis ( online)
startups and innovative companies
in seed, ag, agbiotech, microbiome, and food & health

with a
Panel discussion
on incubator & startup space in our region,
with particular focus on seed-to-fork

Moderator Panelists
Sarah Stewart
Innovation Institute for Food and Health
UC Davis
Leanna Sweha
Regis Kelly
Bakar BioIngenuity Hub
Alberto Iandolino
Bayer Co.Laborator
Tim Keller
Sukhpreet Sandhu
UC Davis-HM.CLAUSE Life Science Innovation Center
John Hodgson
Woodland Research & Technology Park
Dennis Donohue
The WG Center for Innovation & Technology
Ryan Sharp
Senior Associate Director, Venture Catalyst, Office of Research, UC Davis
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Pitch sessions with the following companies:

> 3-minute pitch
> online company visit

Dr. Daniel Sumner
Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis
Director, California Agricultural Issues Center

Presentations and panel discussion

  • Overview of UC Davis science, technology and resources in cannabis and hemp (Li Tian)
  • Hemp breeding at UC Davis (Charlie Brummer)
  • Results of UC Davis field trials (Dan Putnam)
  • Regulatory landscape (Cindy Keil)
  • Analytical and regulatory matters (Don Land)
  • Examples of collaborations with industry (Gail Taylor)
  • Selected areas of interest to industry where UC Davis can offer solutions (George Hodgin and John McFerson)
  • Panel discussion + Q&A
  • New company in the Seed Central core area: Amerland Seeds – Jim Dong, Managing Director
  • Special guests:
    Jennifer Romero
    , Senior Environmental Scientist, California Department of Food & Agriculture
    Albre Brown
    , Plant Pathologist, California Department of Food & Agriculture
  • Startup entrepreneurs of the month:
    Gast�n Salinas, Gerente General/CEO, Botanical Solutions
    Olga Dubey, Founder & CEO, AgroSustain SA
Jim Dong Jennifer Romero Albre Brown Gast�n Salinas Olga Dubey

Seed Central speaker

2019 Speakers

Networking event with featured speakers

Dr. Sundaresan presented his research in the areas of plant reproduction (“Rice plants that reproduce as clones from seed”) and the microbiome.

Dan Flynn
Amina Harris
Frank Muller
Nitin Nitin
Les Padley

Special event
The “seed to fork” ecosystem at the core of Seed Central
Featuring key actors in the region’s “seed to fork” value chain and Woodland’s The Food Front

Seed Central hosts the California Seed Association’s Fall Student Tour for lunch and a n etworking career fair

With 70 students from Chico State, UC Davis, Fresno State, Cal-Poly, CSU Monterey Bay, Hartnell College

Featuring 11 panelists from Seed Central member companies:

Ahmed Cervantes
American Takii
Corporate Controller
Amanda Hershberger
Syngenta Flowers
Davie Perie
Rijk Zwaan USA
Chain Specialist
Anthony Chica
Corteva Agriscience
EHS & S Research Associate
Jonathan Pham
Scientist II

Networking event with featured speakers

Featuring startup entrepreneur
Gurkern Sufi, Co-Founder and CEO,
Ravata Solutions

Featured speakers:

  • Dr. Roger Thilmony, USDA-ARS-CIG (presentation)
  • Dr. James Thomson, USDA-ARS-CIG

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Albany, California, have found a way to streamline the process that scientists use to insert multiple genes into a crop plant, developing a reliable method that will make it easier to breed a variety of crops with vastly improved traits.
The technology is expected to speed up the process for developing new varieties of potatoes, rice, citrus and other crops that are better equipped to tolerate heat and drought, produce higher yields and resist a myriad of diseases and pests.

The “Job Panorama” in a seed company
Seed Central invited students to discover the wide range of exciting, high tech jobs that make up a seed company.
We “x-rayed” HM.Clause’s workforce to understand what sort of team it takes to go from research through production, supply chain, operations, sales and marketing, all the way to the market.
We heard from a wide range of employees about their respective jobs.
Students had the opportunity to be paired with each of theses seed professionals prior to the event and to shadown them on the job afterwards.

of the Job Panorama at HM-Clause
by Oscar Garcia, Sr. HR Director, AMPA Region

Each HM.Clause panelist was paired with a UC Davis student before the event:

Gustavo Acosta
Senior Account Manager B2B
Aimee Burger
Plant Manager
Jason Burnie
Product Manager Sweet Pepper
Michelle Fossi
Research Associate
Matt Linder
Labor & Project Manager
Sabin Aslam
PhD Candidate in Biotechnology
Mitchell Feldmann
PhD Candidate in
Horticulture and Agronomy
Gina Sideli
PhD Candidate in
Horticulture and Agronomy
Heloise Bastiaanse
Postdoctoral Scientist
Priscilla Glenn
PhD Student in
Horticulture and Agronomy
Juan Marroquin
Melon Breeder
Yoav Mendel
Sales & Development Manager, Western USA
Laila Salimi
Product Development Specialist
Geeta Sanjeev
Global Director, Quality Control
Alyson Thornton
Patho/Pheno Support & AMPA Platform Manager
Tia Dunbar
Biological Sciences major
Paulo Zaini
Postdoctoral Scientist
Guilherme Maia Silva
Plant Sciences major
Kreingkrai Nonkum
PhD Student in Horticulture and Agronomy
Joel Rodr�guez Medina
PhD Candidate in
Genetics &

The event also featured startup entrepreneurs:

Jeremy Warren
Astrona Biotechnologies
Dark Heart Industries
and Sesan Ajina
inSight Labs

Seed Central FORUM
Networking event with featured speakers

Featured speaker:

Dr. Richard Michelmore
Director, Genome Center
Novozymes Endowed Chair in Genomics
Distinguished Professor
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine
Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
UC Davis

Topic: So many genomes, so many genes, so little time

Dr. Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra
Professor, Department of Plant Sciences
UC Davis

Topic: Adaptation in plant genomes: bigger is different

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The Networking Tech Showcase
for s
eed, ag and food companies:
startups, early stage and beyond

2018 Speakers

Processing Tomato Conference @ UC Davis
The full-day conference brought together Northern California�s main actors in the processing tomato value chain: breeders, seed dealers, transplanters, growers, processors, and equipment manufacturers. It facilitated brainstorming around some of the industry�s key issues to help bring about a joint approach towards solutions in the pre-competitive area.

Setting the stage

  • Diane Barrett
    Emerita, Dept. of Food Science & Technology, UC Davis
    Highlights of 60 Years of Processing Tomato Research in California
  • Zach Bagley
    Managing Director, California Tomato Research Institute
    Historical perspectives: The California processing tomato industry
  • Sonja Brodt
    Life cycle assessment of California tomato production and processing

Managing the spread of diseases, pests & weeds

  • Scott Stoddard
    Farm Advisor, Vegetable Crops and Limited Resource Farms, Merced County, UC ANR
    Management of Fusarium oxisporum race 3 in processing tomatoes with chemical and bio-fungicides and variety resistance
  • Thomas Turini
    Vegetable Crops Farm Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension, Fresno County, UC ANR
    Management of the plant resistance breaking strain of Tomato spotted wilt virus
  • John Yoder
    Professor, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UC Davis
    Orobranche (broomrapes), a devastating parasitic weeds in California processing tomatoes
  • Brenna Aegerter
    Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor, San Joaquin County, UC ANR
    Influence of grafting on yield of processing tomato

Harnessing technologies for field and factory

  • Steven Fennimore
    Cooperative Extension Weed Specialist, UC Davis
    Weed control automation in vegetables
  • Isaya Kisekka
    Assistant Professor, Dept. of Land, Air and Water Resources & Dept. of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, UC Davis
    Evaluating automated precision fertigation effect on tomato yield and quality
  • Chris Simmons
    Associate Professor, Dept. of Food Science and Technology, UC Davis
    Water/energy efficiency and waste management

The quest for fruit quality

  • Nitin Nitin
    Professor, Dept. of Food Science and Technology, UC Davis
    Processing and Quality: Innovations in fruit washing and sanitation; Next generation of non-thermal processing technologies / New opportunities to assess fruit quality before and after processing
  • Diane Beckles
    Associate Professor, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UC Davis
    Factors determining fruit soluble solids content
  • Dina St. Clair
    Professor, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UC Davis
    Breeding �climate-resilient� tomato for California using water stress-tolerant wild tomato

Presentations on new technologies

  • Anne Britt
    Professor, Dept of Plant Biology, UC Davis
    CRISPR technologies: DNA repair, mutagenesis, recombination, damage response, accelerated breeding
  • Cristina Davis
    Professor, Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC Davis
    Remote sensing technology
  • Irwin Donis-Gonzalez
    Cooperative Extension Specialist, Dept. of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, UC Davis
    New engineering concepts (technologies) in tomato processing
  • Ami Patel
    Director of Product Strategy,
    Technology for a transparent food quality network: Applying blockchain technology to the tomato industry

Evening feature:
The Job Landscape in the processing tomato value chain.

We heard from 7 industry professionals, their career paths and their current jobs:

Robbie Johnson
General Manager, California Transplants
Chad Kramer
Plant Breeder,
Bayer Vegetable Seeds
John Marchese
Senior Manager Global Agriculture,
Valerie Pantone, Sales/Marketing Coordinator,
TS&L Seed Company
Julian Patino
International Operations, Dried Fruits /
Engineering & Technical Services,
The Morning Star Company
Kyle Quinn
AgSeeds Unlimited
Chris Ward
Director of Operations,
Pacific Coast Producers

Panel discussion: Breeding for culinary qualities and chefs’ expectations

A large group of researchers and executives from Seed Central member companies and American Seed Trade Association member companies met over two days with leadership, scientists and students from UC Berkelely and UC Davis.

Dr. Gail Taylor
Department Chair and Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis
Dr. Taylor’s research priorities include the molecular basis of plant adaptation to a high CO2 world, improving the postharvest shelf life of lettuce through preharvest physiology and genetics, and producing the first genomic information on watercress � the most nutrient dense of the leafy crops with significant links to health outcomes.

Topic: From tree leaf growth to leafy greens- Plant Science for a sustainable future

Special Seed Central networking event in cooperation with the California Seed Association

For students from Chico State, Woodland Community College, UC Davis, Fresno State, Cal-Poly, CSU Monterey Bay, Hartnell College

Arcadia Biosciences and Archipelago Ventures Announce Strategic Partnership with Vivion Specialties, Inc. to Certify and Distribute Hawaiian Hemp Products Across North America

DAVIS, Calif. , March 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: RKDA), a leader in science-based approaches to enhancing the quality and nutritional value of crops and food ingredients, today announced a new partnership between Archipelago Ventures and Vivion Specialties, Inc. (VSI), a North American specialty ingredient supplier. VSI will serve as Archipelago’s North American distributor, managing the stateside marketing and sales of sun-grown Hawaiian hemp ingredients in key markets like food and beverage, human and pet nutrition and personal care.

Established in 2019, Archipelago Ventures is Arcadia’s joint venture with Legacy Ventures Hawaii to cultivate and extract high quality hemp and hemp derivatives on the islands. The new partnership between Archipelago and VSI is based on the companies’ mutual goals of providing ethically cultivated, genetically superior hemp-based ingredients that have been rigorously tested for purity, offering customers transparency and peace of mind. VSI is known for its proprietary VivAssure ® purity validation process, which tests every ingredient and provides a detailed Certificate of Analysis of their contents.

“When it comes to hemp and hemp-derived products like cannabidiol (CBD), ingredient transparency and quality control are a high priority for discerning retailers and shoppers,” said Arcadia CEO Matthew Plavan . “With VivAssure, Vivion Specialties has pioneered a new and rigorous standard for the testing and certification of hemp ingredients. What’s more, Vivion is an experienced specialty ingredient supplier with a network of 18 sales regions in the U.S. and Canada , making them an ideal partner to distribute what we expect will be the first Hawaiian-grown, Hawaiian-extracted CBD ingredients available in North America ,” he added.

Archipelago’s Hawaiian hemp products will be marketed as meeting VivAssure product quality standards, validating that they are free of over 950 pesticides and contaminants, 24 heavy metals and a variety of microbial organisms, and contain the precise tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content and CBD profile listed.

“For more than sixty years, Vivion, Inc. has prioritized providing customers with the highest quality product ingredients across the food and beverage, human and pet nutrition and personal care markets,” said VSI CEO and Founder and Vivion, Inc. President Michael Poleselli . “Through our partnership with Archipelago and Arcadia Biosciences, a leader in hemp innovation, we’re applying these capabilities to one of the most exciting and in-demand new consumer product categories: hemp-derived CBD.”

Archipelago and VSI’s VivAssure Hemp-based ingredients are expected to be available for sale to North American food, beverage, pet and supplement manufacturers later this year.

About Archipelago Ventures, LLC
Established in 2019, Archipelago Ventures is a joint venture between Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. and Legacy Ventures Hawaii to cultivate and extract high quality hemp and hemp derivatives on the islands. The partnership joins Arcadia’s extensive genetic expertise and resources with Legacy’s proven experience in extraction and sales – and leverages Arcadia’s existing licensed cultivation facility in Hawaii , resulting in one vertically integrated supply chain, from seed to sale. Former Gold Glove and World Champion Major League Baseball player Shane Victorino is a principal in the company, along with other native islanders committed to building Hawaii’s capacity to supply branded health and wellness goods.

About Vivion Specialties, Inc.
Vivion Specialties, Inc. (VSI) was founded in 2019 by Michael Poleselli , President of Vivion, Inc. (VI). VSI and Vivion Inc. (VI) have a combination of over 62 years of industry experience specializing in ingredient distribution. VSI, Vivion Specialties Canada, ULC and Vivion, Inc. currently have sales teams in over 18 regions throughout British Columbia and the United States . Together, VSI and VI own the VivAssure ® brand and the proprietary VivAssure ® testing process, which rigorously screens product ingredients for more than 950 pesticides and contaminants, 24 heavy metals and a variety of microbial organisms, providing a detailed Certificate of Analysis. For more information, visit

About Arcadia Biosciences, Inc.
Arcadia Biosciences (Nasdaq: RKDA) is a leader in science-based approaches to enhancing the quality and nutritional value of crops and food ingredients. The company’s GoodWheat™ branded ingredients deliver health benefits to consumers and enable consumer packaged goods companies to differentiate their brands in the marketplace. Arcadia’s agricultural traits are being developed to enable farmers around the world to be more productive and minimize the impact of agriculture on the environment. The company’s new GoodHemp seed catalog delivers genetically superior hemp seeds, clones, transplants, flower and extracts, applying the company’s proprietary crop innovation technology, ArcaTech, to an emerging crop. For more information, visit

Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 , including the expected timing of the products to market . Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, and reported results should not be considered as an indication of future performance. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: Arcadia’s and its partners’ and affiliates’ expectations about the legal cannabis industry and potential demand for our products; the uncertainty of the laws and regulations relating to hemp and products derived therefrom; the inherent uncertainty associated with the development of new projects; the acceptance of our products in the marketplace; the impact of competitive products and pricing; risks related to costs, delays and uncertainties associated with potential future scientific research; our future capital requirements and ability to satisfy our capital needs; ; and the other risks set forth in Arcadia’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including the risks set forth in Arcadia’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 and other filings. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof, and Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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