The Consortium for International Seed Technology Training was conceived to draw on the expertise of regional centers of teaching excellence in seed technology around the world. Using advancing communication technologies that draw on advances in internet and world wide web communication, we easily communicate about issues confronting the seed industry and develop appropriate solutions because of the greater depth and breadth of faculty expertise. For example, UC Davis has the Seed Biotechnology Center that offers an annual seed workshop and is located in one of the principal seed production locations in the United States. The Escola Superior de Agricultura “Luiz de Queiroz” in Brazil has an on-site seed processing facility and addresses a wide range of seed technology issues related to both orthodox/recalcitrant seeds as well as many seed crops produced in the tropics such as tropical forage grass seeds. The Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile is located in a major seed producing country that produces counter-season crops for the northern hemisphere with a growing seed industry that takes advantage of the unique Atacama desert where water conserved in reservoirs from the Andes mountains is released to the desert where seed crops can be grown that are free of disease. More information about the local research activities can be found at each of the university seed biology webpages.
In addition to local research activities, the Consortium for International Seed Technology Training institutions routinely cooperate in conducting joint research with students traveling to and from the appropriate institutions. Such collaboration permits higher quality research with students gaining a greater global perspective of the differences in cultures for conducting high quality seed production. The following are examples of cooperative research projects among CISTT partners.