UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy Starts Second Class
October 24, 2011-Gent, Belgium: Continuing to fill a critical need for trained plant breeders, the University of California, Davis European Plant Breeding AcademySM (EPBA) started its second class of students this week. Over the next two years, during the six sessions held in Gent, Belgium; Angers, France; Gatersleben, Germany; Enkhuizen, The Netherlands; Barcelona, Spain, and 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 nineteen participants: Ami Bar, A.B Seeds, Israel; Sandor Parisci, Dow AgroSciences, Hungary; Fulya Arslan, Monsanto Vegetable Seeds, Turkey; William Colfer, Plant Sciences, Inc., US; Barbara Scheike, Deutsche Saatveredelung AG, Germany; Andrija Brkic, Agricultural Institute Osjek, Croatia; Miguel Roca Rodriguez, Syngenta Seeds, Spain; Katja Hämäläinen, Boreal Plant Breeding Ltd., Finland; Harold Verstegen, KWS Lochow GmbH, Netherlands; Sophie Lücke, Norddeutsche Pflanzenzucht Hans-Georg Lembke KG, Germany; Juan Antonio Fernandez Garica, Semillas Fitó , Spain; Santiago Garcia Fernandez, Semillas Fitó , Spain; Bruno Chombart, Syngenta, France; Tomás David Lomas Cano, Monsanto, Spain; Jakob Witten, Monsanto SAS, France; Constanze Böhmel, KWS Saat AG, Germany; Julia Rudloff, University of Goettingen, Germany; Derya Tescilar, MayAgro, Turkey; Selda Guzelkucuk, HM Clause, Turkey.
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.