The SBC together with an international program committee successfully organized the 12th Triennial International Society for Seed Science Conference held in September at the Monterey Plaza Hotel in Monterey, CA. Taking place in the U.S. for the first time since 1989, the conference brought 180 attendees from 24 different countries and enabled top international seed scientists to share research findings and interact with the U.S. and Californian seed industry. According to conference organizer and SBC’s Director Kent Bradford “The International Society for Seed Science is the sole professional and scientific organization dedicated to the scientific study of seed biology, technology, quality, ecology and conservation. Seed scientists play a critical role in enabling high crop yields, in providing high quality seeds for crop propagation and establishment, in controlling weeds and in preserving ecological diversity. In addition, more than 90% of global crop genetic resources are stored as seeds. Thus, seed science is a key component of agriculture’s goal of sustainably feeding the global population.”

The triennial ISSS conference aims to provide a forum for the exchange of information and ideas on seed science and the development of new scientific collaborations. It encompasses the latest research progress in key areas, including seed development, dormancy, germination, stress tolerance, germplasm preservation, seed ecology, and seed biotechnology to improve seed quality.

The conference program included three invited plenary lectures
Jill Farrant, University of Cape Town, South Africa (talk delivered by Henk Hilhorst)
• Oscar Lorenzo, Spanish-Portuguese Agriculture Research Institute (CIALE), Spain
• Kent Bradford, University of California, Davis, USA

Nine invited and 66 contributed talks were presented throughout 7 scientific sessions. In addition, 25 one-minute oral poster summaries and 55 poster presentations rounded out the scientific program. Attendees enjoyed a morning of tours to agricultural companies in the Salinas Valley area, including seed research and technology, breeding, and vegetable production and harvesting, followed by a visit to the Steinbeck Museum in Salinas and networking organized by Seed Central. Guests were treated to a festive Welcome Reception with appetizers and beverages and an evening Gala Banquet that included live music.

• Check out Giant Views video and audio interviews depicting Seed World’s Marc Zienkiewicz in conversation with selected seed researchers in attendance at the conference, including SBC Director Kent Bradford ( In addition, keep an eye out for Seed World’s story highlighting the conference in its December issue.
• View conference photos online @
• Visit to join the ISSS

View Conference Program (printed booklet as PDF)

ISSS 2017 meeting highlights:

• Conference held at the iconic Monterey Plaza Hotel, centrally located on beachfront property along Monterey Bay’s historic and vibrant Cannery Row
• Three full days of oral presentations, themed sessions of invited talks by domestic and international professionals from the public sector and industry to discuss the latest developments in seed science
• Invited speakers and contributed oral and poster sessions
• Special career-oriented events for students and postdocs
• Evening Opening Reception
• Evening Gala Banquet
• SPECIAL SEED INDUSTRY EVENTS, Wednesday, Sept. 13: Arranged tours to sites of interest in the Salinas Valley region followed by a catered lunch, Trade Show and Career Fair, and Seed Central networking event and presentation or discussion panel, all in Salinas

The 2020 conference will take place in Brighton, U.K.

SBC Hosts ISSS Conference