UC Davis PBA partners with LimaGrain to deliver customized training course in France
In an ongoing effort to meet global demand for trained plant breeders, the UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy organized and delivered a customized training course as a collaborative effort with the Limagrain Academy. Twenty five breeders based in France, Brazil, Czech Republic, India, Israel, Italy, Morocco, Netherlands, Russia, Spain and UK attended the one week course in Mons/Clermont-Ferrand, November 20-24, 2017. The core UC Davis PBA lecturers included Rale Gjuric, Allen van Deynze and Todd Wehner. UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy starts its seventh class in September of 2018. Info and Applications
UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy (PBA) Class III completes session 2 in Nairobi, Kenya
The UC Davis African PBA’s Class III completed this fall Session 2 of its 6-week program in Nairobi, Kenya. An initiative of the African Orphan Crop Consortium, the program is organized in collaboration with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the African Union New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency, and sponsored by Mars Incorporated and AGRA. The third class of the UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy consists of 33 breeders, half of whom are women, representing 16 African nations. This session provided in-depth training on phenotyping, multiple trait selection, marker-assisted breeding applications, and advanced experimental designs. During this recent session, the class visited the CIMMYT MLN Screening Facility in Naivasha (photo at right) to see first-hand the procedures involved in evaluating germplasm for resistance to Maize Lethal Necrosis, a disease threat to East Africa that has been met with swift action by the CIMMYT Global Maize Team in the form of resistant maize hybrids. During the course of the program, students will spend more than 300 hours in classes, workshops and the field, training to complete this premium professional certification program. Read more
about the African PBA.
No crop left behind: Improving the plants that Africans eat and breeders neglect
The PBA is very proud of the meaningful impact that the combined efforts of the African Plant Breeding Academy and The African Orphan Crops Consortium is having on the improvement of orphan crop quality and nutritional value. "The academy has, since its foundation, brought in 81 researchers from all parts of Africa for what are, in effect, masterclasses from the world’s top plant-breeding specialists. These include lectures on the consortium’s latest results, so that the visitors can begin to apply those results to their work." Read more @ TheEconomist.com
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POSTDOCTORAL Fellow in Plant Pathology and Plant Breeding at UC DAVIS
A postdoctoral position is available in the University of California, Davis Plant Breeding Center. The position will be located in Salinas, California to facilitate development and implementation of molecular assays for in-field detection of the spinach downy mildew pathogen in leaves, and also co-development of downy mildew resistant breeding lines. Read more
UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy starts the fifth class
The UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy started its fifth class of students last week with a session in Enkhuizen, the Netherlands. With generous support from local industry represented by Seed Valley, the session was hosted by Monsanto and included visits to Syngenta, Bejo, Corn Bak and Incotec. Over the next two years, this class will spend more than 300 hours in classes, workshops and the field, training to complete this premium professional certificate program by attending a total of six sessions, held in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands; Angers, France; Gatersleben, Germany; Gent, Belgium; Almeria, Spain, and University of California, Davis.
UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy graduates the fourth class
UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy (PBA) has graduated the fourth class with a session and graduation in Davis, California. Over the last two years, during the six sessions held in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands; Angers, France; Gatersleben, Germany; Gent, Belgium; Almeria, Spain, and UC Davis, ten participants in this class spent more than 300 hours in classes, workshops and the field, training towards the PBA Certificate. The PBA is a premium professional certificate program offered in the USA, Europe, Asia and Africa. Fourteen classes offered worldwide since 2006 were attended by 260 breeders from 58 countries, making the PBA the most recognized program of its kind. The next class of the European PBA starts in October 2017. This class is full, applications are accepted for a waiting list. For more information, contact Joy Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit PBA online.
Promoting neglected and underutilized crops: FAO & African Orphan Crops Consortium try to safeguard valuable food resources
The African Orphan Crop Consortium (AOCC), an African-led, international consortium founded by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and Mars, Incorporated (all UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy partners) are working to sequence the genomes of 101 African underutilized ('orphan') crops. “This information will allow breeders to use the same strategies and technologies as those for Western crops, such as maize, to make rapid improvements in African crops,” said ICRAF Director General Tony Simons, whose organization provides Secretariat services, a laboratory and classrooms to the AOCC. Read More
Enoch Achigan Dako (UAC) and Julia Sibiya (PROTA), alumnae of the University of California’s African Plant Breeding Academy, discuss establishment of African Plant Breeding Association
Alumnae of the UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy, Julia Sibiya and Enoch Achigan-Dako are now working to reestablish the African Plant Breeders Association. Their vision is to create a network for plant breeders in Africa to share germplasm, resources and discuss what they’re doing with the hopes of avoiding duplicative efforts and speeding progress toward food security. They sit down and talk with Seed World's Shawn Brook at the 2017 NAPB Annual Conference held at UC Davis. View VIDEO
Powerful Tools, Major Possibilities: New technologies are proving to be an asset to up-and-coming plant breeders
In the September issue of Germination
, SBC Education Director Rale Gjuric discusses the continued and valuable role of modern plant breeders, who are using the latest technological tools to do a job that, despite being as old as agriculture itself, is more important than ever. “It’s like an engineer working in a factory in the 1940s compared to now." Gjuric says. "They do the same job, but the factory has changed. They just have different tools now.” Read article online @ Germination.ca
Many Educational Paths Exist for Plant Breeders
Over the past decade, plant breeding and biotechnology have been transformed — as a result, there are a variety of educational paths to be taken. Along with insights from SBC Director Kent Bradford, UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy graduates Curtis Van Laecke and Evan Gillis discuss in September's issue of Germination
their individual educational and professional paths that led them to plant breeding. Read article online @ Germination.ca