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Plant Breeding Academy
Plant Breeding Academy
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Plant Breeding Academy

Meet Class IV of the Plant Breeding Academy

Class IV


September 10, 2012 –Davis, CA: Continuing to fill a critical need for trained plant breeders, the University of California, Davis Plant Breeding AcademySM (PBA) started its fourth class of students this week. Over the next two years, during the six sessions held at UC Davis this class will spend more than 300 hours in classes, workshops and the field, training to become professional plant breeders.

The new class consists of the following fifteen participants: Xavier Barreto, East West Seed Company Inc, Philippines; Craig Bednarz, Bayer CropScience, USA; Matthew Calloway, Rice Experiment Station, USA; Linda (Chia-Hui) Chang, Known-You Seed Co, Taiwan; Adrianne Difuntorium, HM.Clause, USA; Diego Alejandro Druetto, NuSeed S.A., Argentina; Peter Flett, NuSeed, Australia; Stephane Gorin, Green Seeds Inc, USA; Ginger Light, Bayer CropScience, USA; Rogelio Marchetti, Pioneer DuPont, USA; Renae Robertson, Driscoll’s Strawberry Associates, USA; Robert Schimerowski, Pannar Seed, Inc., USA; Rolando Solano, Ball Horticulture Company, Costa Rica; Mariano Sposaro, Nidera S.A., Argentina; Michelle Wood, Bayer CropScience, USA.

For more information on the Plant Breeding Academy, please contact Joy Patterson at or visit

The Seed Biotechnology Center was established at UC Davis in 1999 to mobilize the research, educational and outreach resources of the University of California in partnership with the seed and biotechnology industries, and to facilitate discovery and commercialization of new seed technologies for agricultural and consumer benefits.


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