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.

Applications are now being accepted!

UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy

SEPT 2020 - JUNE 2022

2020 - 2021

Application period now closed. Selected applicants
notified by
 March 1, 2020.

News and Updates

SBC director Allen Van Deynze discusses the USDA's role in plant breeding and mentorship

Rale Gjuric discusses Haplotech's hemp research with Marc Zienkiewicz of Issues Ink

PBA Director and Haplotech founder Dr. Rale Gjuric talks to Issues Ink's Marc Zienkiewicz about the groundbreaking work the company is doing in hemp, which will help advance breeding programs and help usher in a new era for the long-neglected crop. Listen Now

Allen Van Deynze invited as plenary speaker: 2020 Oxford Nanopore London Calling
London Calling 2020 online
Along with Bernice Waweru (BecA/ILRI), SBC Director Allen Van Deynze will be a plenary speaker at the 2020 Oxford Nanopore London Calling event, being held on June 18-19. Over 2500 people have already registered for this exciting event. Presentation Title: The African Orphan Crops Consortium, Alleviating Stunting due to Malnutrition One Crop at a Time. London Calling is a conference dedicated to scientific research using nanopore DNA/RNA sequencing. International speakers across three main tracks will be hosted this year: Human and clinical research, microbiology, and plant genomics. Learn more

Video produced by African Plant Breeding Academy (Class IV)


AfPBA Joins Inaugural African Plant Breeders Association Meeting 
The network of plant breeders in Africa is getting larger and stronger each year. Several alumni and current members of the African Plant Breeding Academy (shown above) attended the inaugural African Plant Breeders Association meeting in Accra, Ghana on Sept 23-25, 2019.

UC Davis European Plant Breeding AcademySM graduates fifth class

UC Davis European PBA graduates fifth class
The fifth class of the UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy (PBA) graduated in late June with a final session in Davis, California. Six 6-day sessions were held over the last two years in the following locations: Enkhuizen, The Netherlands; Angers, France; Gatersleben, Germany; Gent, Belgium; Almeria, Spain; and UC Davis. Twenty participants spent more than 300 hours in classes, workshops and the field working towards completion of this premier training program. Seventeen classes offered worldwide since 2006 were attended by 333 breeders from 66 countries, making the UC Davis PBA the most recognized program of its kind. Congratulations Europe Class V!

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