Plant Breeding Academy
Plant Breeding Academy
Plant Breeding Academy
University of California
Plant Breeding Academy

Welcome to the UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy

The University of California, Davis PLANT BREEDING ACADEMY is a premium professional development program designed to develop and enhance the skills of industry personnel around the world to enable them to become independent plant breeders or to contribute to larger breeding programs.

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OCTOBER 2019 - JUNE 2021

Applications now being accepted!

The sixth class will begin in early October 2019. 

Early application discount available

until March 31, 2019. 

For course details click here


News and Updates

Rare Groundcherry Could Soon Be Everywhere, Thanks to Gene Editing

SBC Director of Research, Dr. Allen Van Deynze discusses gene editing in this HOW STUFF WORKS article. Read article.   

Moringa, the next superfood

In this Washington Post story, Dr. Allen Van Deynze was interviewed for his work with African orphan crops, moringa being one of them that can potentially be the next superfood to help feed the world. Watch video and read article

AOCC Earth Overshoot Day
How changing the world’s food systems can help to protect the planet

Together the SBC African Plant Breeding and the African Orphan Crop Consortium (AOCC) are working to change the world’s food systems in response to “Earth Overshoot Day”. Read more.

VOA article
High-Tech Agriculture

SBC Director of Research, Dr. Allen Van Deynze speaks to Voice of America about the use and impact of high-tech agricultures tools in planting seeds for today and the future. Listen

Allen Van Deynze talks about breeding better tomatoes Allen Van Deynze
Listen up everyone! SBC Research Director Allen Van Deynze discusses the intricacies, art and science of plant breeding in this Breeding Better Tomatoes podcast@tomatowellness

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Plant Breeding Is a Key Part of Precision Agriculture’s Future 
At, American Vegetable Grower editor Carol Miller describes her visit to the California vegetable seed trials this past August. One theme that stood out to her during her tour was how much breeders are keeping future automation in mind. She went on to describe an instrument that measures the amount of force it takes to pull a jalapeño off its plant, developed as a part of a research project led by UC Davis graduate student Randi Jimenez and SBC Research Director Allen Van Deynze. Read more @GrowingProduce

European Seed names SBC Education Director Rale Gjuric one of 20 most influential seed people in Europe

20 Highly Influential Seeds-people in Europe in 2017
In an attempt to draw much-deserved attention to the movers and shakers in the European seed sector, European Seed put together a list of people who they view as highly influential in 2017. You may ask what makes an individual worthy of a spot on their list of the most influential seed people? They believe that each one of these incredible people have had a significant effect on the European seed sector in the past year(s)... Read article 


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