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UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy starts in October 2019 and is now open for registration


UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy (PBA) is a professional certificate program offered since 2006 with classes in USA, Europe, Africa and Asia. To date, the program has trained nearly 300 breeders, 80% of which are from the private seed industry.  Class 6 of the European PBA will start in October 2019 and it is now open for registration.

The 2019 class core curriculum will maintain the upgrades from the previous classes and add modules to address the most recent development in plant breeding theory and practice.

UC Davis PBA has established a list of core instructor that includes internationally recognized experts in plant breeding and seed technology, including Rale Gjuric (UC Davis), Idy van Leeuwen (BreedWise), Rita Mumm (University of Illinois), Alexandra Tomerius (AIB), Allen Van Deynze (UC Davis), Kent Bradford (UC Davis), Robert Dirks (Managerial Genetics Consulting). The instructor list will change for specific session in accordance with the participants’ needs. The core instructors are supported by a number of guest lecturers from the private industry and academia.

Employers appreciate the opportunity to provide their valued employees advanced training without disrupting their full-time employment. Participants attend six 6-day sessions over approximately two years.


Class locations and dates:

October 7- 12, 2019, Gent, Belgium

March 9-14, 2020, Angers, France

June 22-27, 2020, Gatersleben, Germany

October 5-10, 2020, Enkhuizen, The Netherlands

March 1-6, 2021, Almeria, Spain

June 21-25, 2021, Davis, CA, USA


Apply here.

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