Plant Breeding Academy completes first Advanced Plant Breeding Module
March 9, 2015: Continuing to address the needs of the plant breeding community, UC Davis Plant Breeding AcademySM (PBA) successfully completed the first Advanced Module last week in Almeria, Spain. The Academy was hosted by University of Almeria (www.ual.es). The first Advanced Module program was combined with the regular session of the European PBA class and was available only to PBA graduates. Dr. Bruce Walsh, University of Arizona Tucson, joined the PBA instructors to help deliver this module. The Advanced Module was designed to build the necessary background towards understanding and practical application of BLUPs and genomic selection, having lectures and discussion on the following topics: Multivariate Selection, Linear and Mixed Models, BLUPs, Genomic Selection and Advanced Experimental Designs.
The class was complemented with visits to breeding stations and interactions with breeders of Monsanto Agricultura España and Rijk Zwaan Ibérica.