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.
OCTOBER 2019 - JUNE 2021
Applications now being accepted!
The sixth class will begin in early October 2019.
For course details click here.
News and Updates
Allen Van Deynze Receives Excellence in Research Award
The UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center’s Plant Breeding Academy aims to train 150 breeders, connecting them to research resources and funding while empowering them to apply their knowledge to their traditional crops and communities. Read more.
Alumni from our African Plant Breeding Academy have established the African Plant Breeders Association. This professional association will provide a collaborative space for breeders on the continent. The inaugural meeting, where the executive committee will be elected, is in late October 2019.
Our sincere condolences to the family, friends, and cohort of African PBA Class IV student Dr. Kojo Galto. Dr. Galto, an assistant professor at the University of Lomé in Togo, was traveling to a workshop at Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA-ILRI). He was a talented plant breeder and will sorely be missed. Read article.
UC Davis' Department of Plant Sciences shares how PBA is changing the global food supply one scientist at a time. Read article.
African PBA (AfPBA) Class III alumna, Dorcas Ibitoye recently won the 2018 Most Influential Scientist Award at the National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT) in Nigeria. Upon receiving the award, Dorcas accredited African PBA to her success, "AfPBA/AOCC have impacted and invested so much in me that I can't keep it to myself. I always look for way to also influence and impact others."
SBC Director of Research, Dr. Allen Van Deynze discusses gene editing in this HOW STUFF WORKS article. Read article.
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.
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.
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
At GrowingProduce.com, 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
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