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

Director of PBA

Seed Biotechnology Center Appoints Rale Gjuric as Plant Breeding Academy Director


April 20, 2010. Following an international search, the University of California, Davis Seed Biotechnology Center (SBC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Rale Gjuric as the first Director of the Center’s Plant Breeding Academy.  Dr. Gjuric is currently the president and managing director of Haplotech Inc., a Canadian company that he founded specializing in technical and consulting services for plant breeding companies.  Dr. Gjuric received his Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba, Canada; his M.Sc. from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia; and his B.Sc. from the University of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, Macedonia.  Previously, he held the positions of Breeding Manager of DL Seeds and Research and Managing Director of Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV), Canada.  Dr. Gjuric is an accomplished plant breeder with 35 canola varieties released in the last 15 years.


In announcing the appointment Dr. Kent Bradford, SBC Academic Director and Plant Science professor said, “We are very excited that Rale Gjuric will be joining us to lead the activities of the Plant Breeding Academy.  He has the perfect combination of talents and professional experiences to educate and inspire our plant breeding students from around the world.  His great breeding successes, business experience, connections in North America and Europe and his teaching abilities make him the ideal leader for the Plant Breeding Academy.”  Dr. Gjuric was actively involved with the planning of the new European Plant Breeding Academy, and he is also one of the two lead instructors in that program.


The Plant Breeding Academy currently has two courses in progress and is recruiting for its 4th class which will be held at UC Davis beginning September, 2010.  Dr. Gjuric will attend the International Seed Federation, May 31st-June 3rd in Calgary, Canada. To meet with him at ISF please contact him at (204) 688-5116 or   Space is limited for the UC Davis class. Applications and further information can be obtained at or by contacting Joy Patterson at or (530) 752-4414.



Media Contact: Allen Van Deynze, PhD, Seed Biotechnology Center,  (530) 754-6444,

The Plant Breeding Academy was developed by the Seed Biotechnology Center in direct response to industry concerns over the reduced number of plant breeders being trained in academic programs.  To date, 15 plant breeders have graduated from the inaugural class and two programs involving 35 students are currently in progress in the European Plant Breeding Academy and the UC Davis program.  More information on the Plant Breeding Academy can be obtained at


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