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PBA 7
UC Davis Plant Breeding AcademySM starts the seventh class

The University of California, Davis Plant Breeding AcademySM (PBA) started its seventh class of students this week with a session in Davis, California. 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 certification program.

This class consists of the following sixteen participants:

  • Nicola Bacciu, KeyGene, The Netherlands
  • Shlok Bhalinge, Namdeo Umaji Agritech, India
  • Jay Bost, GoFarm Hawaii/University of Hawaii, USA
  • Barbara Chaves, BASF, Belgium
  • Andy Dumbleton, PGG Wrightson Seeds, New Zealand
  • Ken Foster, Kennan Corporation, USA
  • Christopher Haire, Nuseed, Australia
  • Jorge F. Jimenez, Bejo Seeds, USA
  • Tomohiro Maeda, Nippon Del Monte, Japan
  • Arturo Manzo, 3 Star Lettuce, USA
  • Bianca Martins, BASF, Germany
  • Andres Navarro Munoz, HM-Clause, USA
  • Riccardo Padula, Tokita Sementi Italia, Italy
  • Michael Safina, Duda Farm Fresh Foods, USA
  • John Sheedy, Chia Tai, Thailand
  • Souichi Urashimo, Takii, Japan 

UC Davis PBA partners with LimaGrain to deliver customized training course in France

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. [November 2017]


UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy starts the fifth class

EPBA Class 5
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. [October 2017]


UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy (PBA) Class III completes session 2 in Nairobi, Kenya

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. [Nov/Dec 2017]


Davis PBA 6
The University of California, Davis, SBC Plant Breeding Academy started its sixth class of students with a session in Davis, California.

Class VI consists of the following participants: Parag Agarwal, VNR Seeds, India; Michael Courtney, Shamrock Seed, USA; Aman Dayal, Dayal Seeds, India; Erin Gerdes, Nuseed, USA; Manoj Kabdal, Pioneer Dupont, India; Ryan McMillen, Rijk Zwaan, USA; Bear Reel, CW Botanicals, USA; Kelly Stanton, Enza Zaden, USA; Donato Titolo, Dow AgroSciences, USA; Amit Vachher-Gnanathurai, Coastal Seed, USA; Katriona Vigueras, Bayer, USA; Victor Wang, Sakata, USA; Carlos Manue Xico Xicay, Bejo, Guatemala; Akira Yokofuji, Snow Brand Seed, Japan.[September 2017]


UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy graduates the fourth class

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. [June 2017]


UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy III Session
The UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy started its third class of students with a session in Nairobi, Kenya, May 15-27, 2017. The program is organized in collaboration with The African Union New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency and the African Orphan Crops Consortium. The third class of the UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy consists of 34 breeders, half of whom are women, representing 18 African nations. Over the next thirteen months, they will spend more than 300 hours in classes, workshops and the field, training to complete this premium professional certification program. [May 2017]


AfPBA_Class2_Grad_photo
The UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy, in collaboration with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Mars, Incorporated, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and other global partners of the African Orphan Crop Consortium, graduated its second cohort of plant breeders in Nairobi, Kenya on December 9th, 2016. Class II included 25 graduates representing 14 nations across the African continent. [December 2016]


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The UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy (PBA) organized and delivered a customized training course as a collaborative effort with Limagrain Academy. Thirty-one Limagrain breeders based in China, India, Israel, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam attended the one-week course in Bangkok, Thailand, August 22-26, 2016.

The core UC Davis PBA lecturers, Rale Gjuric and Todd Wehner, were supported by senior plant breeders from Limagrain; Emmanuel Aubry, Rémi Levieil and Narin Singh, in delivering the course. [August 2016]


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The UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy graduated its fifth class with a session in Davis, California on June 13, 2016. Over the last two years, fifteen participants in this class spent more than 300 hours in classes, workshops and in the field, training for the Plant Breeding Academy certificate.

The graduation included a special celebration to recognize the PBA’s tenth anniversary. Special guests and alumni joined the event which also recognized Dr. Todd Wehner as a founding instructor who has been with the Academy for ten years teaching in the US, Asia and African courses.

UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy Class V participants include: Marta Baptista, Driscoll's, USA; Ray Cowley, DuPont Pioneer, Australia; Ryan Eadry, UC Davis, USA; Pieter Fourie , Hygrotech, South Africa; José Ezequiel Gallegos Solórzano , Bayer CropScience, Mexico; Evan Gills, DL Seeds, Canada; Lluvia Gutierrez, Driscoll's, USA; Marlan (Marilyn) Hinlo, East-West Seeds, Philippines; Sean Keyworth, Adams Seed, USA; Jace Knight, Dixon Seeds, USA; John Larse, Larse Farms, Inc., USA; Jeff Mansiere, Bayer CropScience, Canada; Curtis Van Laecke, Horizont Seeds, Canada; Eric Willard, RJ Rainolds, USA and Josh Williamson, Bayer CropScience, USA. [June 2016]


Second class of the UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy
Second class of the UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy
The UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy started its second class of students with a session in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, November 29 - December 12, 2015. The program is organized in collaboration with The African Union New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency and the African Orphan Crops Consortium. Over the next thirteen months, this class will spend more than 300 hours in classes, workshops and the field, training to complete this premium professional certification program.

The second class of the UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy consists of 29 breeders representing 16 African nations: Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. [December 2015]


Adv PBA
Twenty-seven breeders/researchers representing public and private organizations from the USA, Canada, France, Germany and Argentina, participated in the first open offering of the course Advanced Module Plant Breeding Academy, held in Davis, CA, November 3-5, 2015. Among the participants was the second recipient of the “Larry Teuber Memorial Scholarship,” Jareerat Chunthawodtiporn who is a PhD student at UC Davis.

The module is designed to review the breeding strategies in context of the modern tools, build the necessary background towards understanding and practical application of BLUPs, genomic selection, advanced experimental designs and dealing with testing environments. UC Davis instructors, Allen Van Deynze and Rale Gjuric, were joined by Bruce Walsh, University of Arizona, to deliver this program. [November 2015]


EPBA Class 4
The University of California, Davis European Plant Breeding Academy (EPBA) started its fourth class of students this week with a session in Enkhuizen, the Netherlands. Over the next two years, during the six sessions held in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands; Angers, France; Gatersleben, Germany; Gent, Belgium; Almeria, Spain, and UC Davis; this class will spend more than 300 hours in classes, workshops and the field, training to complete this premium professional certification program.

The class four consists of the following thirteen participants: Remy Adriaensen, Bayer CropScience, France; Antonio Abad Alamo Bermudo, Fall Creek Farm & Nursery Inc., Spain; Sierra Bacarizo, Syngenta, Spain; Solène Crépellière , Syngenta, France; Grégory Lavric, KWS MOMONT, France; Alessandra Lillo , Driscoll's Genetics Ltd., UK; Przemyslaw Matysik, Hodowla Roslin Strzelce, Poland; Nina Muellers , KWS SAAT SE, Germany; Bear Reel, CW Botanicals, USA; Michal Rokicki, Poznanska Hodowla Roslin Spólka, Poland; Adam Sitarski, KHBC, Poland; Erik Van der Biezen, Bayer CropScience, Belgium; Arie Vana, Israel. [November 2015]


Selecting Multisheet Ranges-Formatting
UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy (PBA) graduated the third class with a session in Davis, California. Over the last two years, during the six sessions held in Gent, Belgium; Angers, France; Gatersleben, Germany; Enkhuizen, The Netherlands; Barcelona, Spain, and UC Davis, nineteen participants in this class spent more than 300 hours in classes, workshops and the field, training towards the Plant Breeding Academy Certificate.
Participants:
Amine Abbadi, Norddeutsche Pflanzenzucht Hans-Georg Lembke KG, Germany
Justus Boehm, Kartoffelzucht Boehm, Germany
Estelle Bonleu, Pioneer DuPont, France
Jordi Caujape, Semillas Fitó, Spain
Jagdeep Cheema, Doctor Seeds, India
Jan de Groot, Dialsoft Beheer B.V., Netherlands
Miklós Fazekas, Alfaseed, Hungary
Ersel Göroglu, Semillas Fitó, Turkey
Hanna Haikka, Boreal Plant Breeding LTD, Finland
Jure Kolaric, Saatzucht Gleisdorf, Austria
Erkan Konuk, MayAgro, Turkey
Anders Soendergaard Larsen, DLF-Trifolium, Denmark
Bert Lataire, Bayer CropScience, Belgium
Volker Marwede, Norddeutsche Pflanzenzucht Hans-Georg Lembke KG, Germany
Malgorzata Niewinska, Danko Breeding Company, Poland
Alexis Oger, Syngenta, France
Franziska Roth, Bayer CropScience, Germany
Simone Sendke, Monsanto, Germany
Alexander Strube, Ackermann Saatzucht GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
[June 2015]


APBM and EPBAIII
Continuing to address the needs of the plant breeding community, UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy (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. [March 2015]


Week 1 group photo cropped
The University of California, Davis Plant Breeding Academy (PBA) started its fifth class of students last 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: Marta Baptista, Driscoll's, USA; Ray Cowley, DuPont Pioneer, Australia; Ryan Eadry, Halls Plant Farm , USA; Pieter Fourie , Hygrotech, South Africa; José Ezequiel Gallegos Solórzano , Bayer CropScience, Mexico; Evan Gillis, DL Seeds, Canada; Lluvia Gutierrez, Driscoll's, USA;MarilynHinlo, East-West Seed, Philippines; Sean Keyworth, HM Clause, USA; Jace Knight, Dixon Seeds, USA; John Larse, Larse Farms, Inc. , USA; Jeff Mansiere, Bayer CropScience, Canada; Curtis Van Laecke, Horizon Seeds, Canada; Eric Willard, RJ Reynolds, USA; Josh Williamson, Bayer CropScience, USA. [September 2014]


AfPBA I session 2 group photo
The African Plant Breeding Academy (AfPBA) held the second 2-week training session for its first class at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya during June 15 to 28, 2014. The AfPBA is a continuing education program organized by the University of California, Davis (USA) and an initiative of the African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC). It is designed to sharpen skills of plant breeders across the African continent on the use of new technologies and current approaches to improve genetic gains and efficiencies leading to increased food security and to promote innovative research on African orphan crops. This program provides the bridge between AOCC’s sequencing of 100 orphan crop genomes and the development of higher-yielding, more nutritious varieties for African farmers and consumers based on this key DNA-based information.

The AfPBA, which debuted in December 2013, is comprised of 6 weeks of training in total, structured in 2-week sessions. June marked the second session of three, with the final to come in December 2014. This first course offering is provided to a cohort of 23 scientists from 11 countries in Africa – Burkina Faso (1), Côte-D'Ivoire (1), Ethiopia (5), Ghana (3), Kenya (1), Mozambique (1), Niger (1), Nigeria (7), Rwanda (1), Senegal (1) and Zimbabwe (1), including 4 women. The core instructors for this session were Bruce Walsh (Univ. of Arizona, USA), Iago Hale (Univ. of New Hampshire, USA), Allen Van Deynze (UC Davis), and Rita H. Mumm (Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA) who also directs the AfPBA with logistical support from Kitty Schlosser (UC Davis) and Imelda Ingumba (ICRAF). The topical focus of the June session included: multiple trait selection approaches such as selection indices and marker-assisted selection; multi-year, multi-location experimental designs and data analysis tools in R and the Integrated Breeding Platformtm; approaches to phenotypic evaluation including specialized testing environments and use of secondary traits; and ways to manage and exploit GxE.

The practice of AfPBA is to present concepts and principles and tools, then to demonstrate these in action through actual breeding programs. This provides opportunity for AfPBA students to ask practical questions about breeding targets and the means to achieve these from plant breeders ‘in the trenches’. Such guest speakers included a team of Kenyan-based CIMMYT Maize Program scientists led by Dr. B.M. Prasanna developing stress-resilient and nutritionally-enriched tropical maize, scientists from Kenyatta University in Nairobi (Drs. R.O. Oduor, A.J. Mgutu, and M.P. Ngugi) utilizing biotechnology approaches, Dr. Christopher Boomsma from Dow AgroSciences based in Indianapolis, USA on establishing specialized testing sites to select for tolerance to drought and low nitrogen, and Dr. Ramni Jamnadass and her team at ICRAF on biodiversity of tree species. In addition, Dusty Vyas and Jon Curtis from LGC Genomics (UK) presented techniques for collecting tissue samples for DNA analysis. And the Generation Challenge Program (GCP) based in Texcoco, Mexico (Corina Habito and Dr. Trushar Shah, ICRISAT) provided instruction on use of the Integrated Breeding Platform software, which supports many types of plant breeding activities including field book creation and data analysis and is free to African scientists. [June 2014]


APBA PBA4 grad picture for press rls
During a joint session of the fourth Davis class and the first Asian class, UC Davis Plant Breeding Academysm (PBA) graduated another twenty-six breeders. Over the last two years, during six sessions the participants spent more than 300 hours in classes, workshops and in the field, training to earn their Plant Breeding Academy certificate.

UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy 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; Adrienne Difuntorum, HM.Clause, USA; Diego Alejandro Druetto, NuSeed, Argentina; Peter Flett, NuSeed, Australia; Stephane Gorin, Green Seeds Inc., USA; Ginger Light, Bayer CropScience, USA; Rogelio Marchetti, Pioneer DuPont, USA; Renae Robertson, Driscolls, USA; Robert Schimerowski, Pannar Seed, Inc., USA; Rolando Solano, Ball Horticultural Company, Costa Rica; Mariano Sposaro, Nidera S.A., Argentina; Jennifer Vaughn, Pioneer DuPont, USA; Michele Wood, Bayer CropScience, USA.

UC Davis Asian Plant Breeding Academy participants:
Pichet Yamyen, East-West Seed Company Inc., Thailand; Maria Venus Salutan, East-West Seed Company Inc., Philippines; Gang Wang, Urumqi Yunong Seed Co. Ltd, China; Chun-Lin Su, Known-You Seed Co. Ltd, Taiwan; George Jubay, Syngenta Seeds, Philippines; Thu Bui Viet, Syngenta Seeds, Vietnam; Chanaphong Khamkanya, Chia Tai Co., Ltd, Thailand; Nor Azwani Abu Bakar, Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Malaysia; Zulkifli Yaakub, Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Malaysia; Chanin Taweekij, Syngenta Seeds, Thailand. [June 2014]


 

EPBA3 group photo-Belgium for press release - small
The University of California, Davis European Plant Breeding AcademySM (EPBA) started its third class of students. 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 complete this premium professional certification program.

The class consists of the following nineteen participants: Amine Abbadi, Norddeutsche Pflanzenzucht Hans-Georg Lembke KG, Germany; Justus Boehm, Kartoffelzucht Boehm, Germany; Estelle Bonleu, Pioneer DuPont, Switzerland; Jordi Caujape, Semillas Fitó, Spain; Jagdeep Cheema, Doctor Seeds, India; Jan de Groot, Dialsoft Beheer B.V., Netherlands; Miklós Fazekas, Alfaseed, Hungary; Ersel Göroglu, Semillas Fitó, Turkey; Hanna Haikka, Boreal Plant Breeding LTD, Finland; Jure Kolaric, Saatzucht Gleisdorf, Austria; Erkan Konuk, MayAgro, Turkey; Anders Soendergaard Larsen, DLF-Trifolium, Denmark; Bert Lataire, Bayer CropScience, Belgium; Volker Marwede, Norddeutsche Pflanzenzucht Hans-Georg Lembke KG, Germany; Malgorzata Niewinska, Danko Breeding Company, Poland; Alexis Oger, Syngenta, France; Franziska Roth, Bayer CropScience, Germany; Simone Sendke, Monsanto, Germany; Alexander Strube, Saaten-Union Recherche, France. [September 2013]


EPBA II Grad - group 2
The UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy graduated the second class at a session in Davis, California. During the last two years, six sessions were held in Gent, Belgium; Angers, France; Gatersleben, Germany; Enkhuizen, The Netherlands; Almeria, Spain and UC Davis. Nineteen participants in this class spent more than 300 hours in classes, workshops and the field, training towards the Plant Breeding Academy certificate.

UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy 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 Hahnfeld, KWS Saat AG, Germany; Julia Rudloff, University of Goettingen, Germany; Derya Tescilar, MayAgro, Turkey and Selda Guzelkucuk, HM.Clause, Turkey. [June 2013]


APBA(1) April 3
The UC Davis Asian Plant Breeding Academy (APBA) completed a successful session last week in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. The program’s core curriculum was delivered by Dr. Todd Wehner (North Carolina State University) and Dr. Rale Gjuric (UC Davis). Dr. Taweesak Pulum, Sweet Seed Company and pioneer of sweet corn breeding in Thailand, was a guest lecturer. The course was enriched by interaction with local breeders through visits to Chia Tai Research Station, HM-Clause Research Station, Suphanburi Agricultural R&D Institute, Suphanburi Rice Research Centre and River Kwai International Food Industry. The session was hosted by Chia Tai Company. [April 2013]


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Continuing to fill a critical need for trained plant breeders, the University of California Davis Plant Breeding AcademySM (PBA) started its first class in Asia. The Asian PBA is organized in partnership with Asia & Pacific Seed Association (APSA) and in cooperation with private and public breeders from the region. The opening session was successfully completed last week in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in cooperation with East-West Seed Co., Chia Tai Co. Ltd., Maejo University and Chiang Mai University.

Over the next two years, during the six sessions held at various location in Thailand and at UC Davis, this class will spend more than 300 hours in classes, workshops and the field, training to become professional plant breeders.

The first Asian PBA class consists of the following fourteen participants: Pichet Yamyen, Hortigenetics Research, Thailand; Maria Venus Salutan, East- West Seed Co., Philippines; Gang Wang, Urumqi Yunong Seed Co. Ltd., China; Zhaoshui Luan, Degao Vegetable Seed and Seedling Research Institute, China; Chun-Lin Su, Known-You Seed Co. Ltd., Taiwan; George Jubay, Syngenta Philippines Inc., Philippines; Thu Bui Viet, Syngenta, Vietnam; Shuan Cang Yu, Beijing Vegetable Research Center, China; Ren Yi, National Engineering Research Center for Vegetables, China; Chanaphong Khamkanya, Chia Tai Co., Ltd., Thailand; Nor Azwani Abu Bakar, Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Malaysia; Zulkifli Yaakub, Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Malaysia; Chanin Taweekij, Syngenta, Thailand; Jennifer Vaughn, Pioneer Hi-Bred Int’l, Inc., USA.

A special thank you goes to Anthony Tse, Clover Seed, Hong Kong, Dr Tom Burns, APSA director, and representatives of the Chiang Mai organizations who welcomed the participants of the first class of Asian PBA. [November 2012]


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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. [September 2012]


Helping to fill a critical need for additional plant breeders, the University of California, Davis Plant Breeding Academy (PBA) graduated its third class of students on Friday. This class is composed of a group of working professionals who have spent more than 300 hours in classes, workshops and the field, training to become professional plant breeders. Dr. Marlin Edwards, Vice President of Research and Development, Monsanto Vegetable Seeds, gave the keynote speech at the graduation.

Congratulations to the following PBA Class III participants:

Miguel Ahumada, Driscoll Strawberry Associates, USA
Laura Brown, K&B Development, LLC, USA
Jarunee Buaboocha, Chia Tai Co. Ltd., Thailand
Kanlayanee Chaichana, Chia Tai Co. Ltd., Thailand
Jonathan Gienapp, HM.Clause, USA
Francine Giusti, Monsanto Vegetable Seed Co., USA
Anna Hall, Bayer CropScience, USA
Jim Irvine, Ball Horticultural Company, USA
Jennifer Izzo, Driscoll Strawberry Associates, USA
Bradley Martin, HyTech Production Ltd., Canada
Jonny McIntier, Monsanto Vegetable Seeds, USA
Terry Moran, Driscoll Strawberry Associates, USA
Elizabeth Robertson, Abbott and Cobb Inc., USA
Naoki Yaya, Sakata Seed America Inc., USA
Helge Zieler, Independent, USA

The PBA includes six week-long sessions at UC Davis and provides each student integrated post-graduate training to prepare them to advance their careers as plant breeders. Each qualifying graduate receives a UC Davis certificate and 19 units of academic credit.

“It is hard to believe that already four 2-year classes have now graduated from the Plant Breeding Academy making a cohort of 67 plant breeders from this program. The graduates should be very proud and excited to apply their new skills.” said Allen Van Deynze, co-founder of the PBA.

The PBA was developed by the UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center in direct response to industry concerns over the reduced number of plant breeders being trained in academic programs. The two-year course provides an opportunity for companies to invest in dedicated personnel who are currently involved in breeding programs, but would like further formal instruction in genetics, statistics and plant breeding theory. In addition to coursework, each student designs a breeding program as a final project. The course schedule allows students to maintain their working positions while enrolled.

The PBA is taught by internationally recognized plant breeders Doug Shaw and Larry Teuber, both of UC Davis, and Todd Wehner from North Carolina State University, with guest lecturers speaking on their specific areas of expertise. [June 2012]


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. [October 2011]


The University of California, Davis Plant Breeding Academy (PBA) is graduating its second class of students today. This class is composed of an international group of working professionals from 10 countries who have spent more than 300 hours in classes, workshops and the field, training to become professional plant breeders. Dr. Howard Shapiro, Director of Plant Sciences for Mars Corporation, is the keynote speaker at the graduation. Dr Shapiro is a long-time supporter of sustainable agriculture and plant breeding.

Congratulations to the following PBA Class II graduates:
Dustin Batt, Crookham Company, USA
Bob Brunic, MillerCoors, USA
Damien Courtier, HSR Seeds Pty Ltd, Australia
Bruno Efombagn, Institute for Agricultural Research, Cameroon
Cody Fasbinder, Syngenta Seeds Inc., USA
Anthony Gorin, Technisem, France
Donny Gray, WestBred LLC, USA
Randy Kallen, Pioneer Hi-Bred, USA
Marty Madesko, Driscoll Strawberry Associates, USA
Andrea Maraldi, Maraldi Sementi, Italy
Arnon Osri, A.B. Seeds, Israel
Andrea Pabon, Driscoll Strawberry Associates, USA
Lisa Polewczak, Syngenta Seeds, Inc. , USA
Esther Pullen, Driscoll Strawberry Associates, USA
Paul Readly, American Takii, Inc., USA
Aneta Strachota-Jacobs, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, USA
Marcel Sturre, University of Gröningen, The Netherlands
Carolina Uquillas-Herrera, Institute for Agricultural Research (INIA-La Platina), Chile
Andre vant Slot, De Ruiter Seeds, Spain
Richard Volz, HortResearch, New Zealand
Adam Young, Syngenta Seeds, Inc., USA
The PBA includes six week-long sessions at UC Davis and provides each student integrated post-graduate training to prepare them to advance their careers as plant breeders. Each qualifying graduate receives a UC Davis certificate and 19 units of academic credit.

“UC Davis is committed to training plant breeders. We are very proud to have 36 participants complete the Plant Breeding Academy programs over the last 4 years, 15 in Class I and now 21 in Class II” said Allen Van Deynze, co-founder of the PBA. [June 2010]


The first session of the European program for the Plant Breeding Academy began on the UC Davis campus today. Created on the model of the highly successful Plant Breeding Academy, the UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center established a program to serve plant breeding companies in Europe. The Plant Breeding Academysm based at UC Davis began with Class I in 2006 and Class II will graduate this June. The European program will be held in five countries over 21 months. Each of the course’s six sessions is six days in length. The first session currently being held in Davis, California will be followed by sessions in Angers, France; Enkhuizen, The Netherlands; Barcelona, Spain; Gatersleben, Germany, and finish at UC Davis. Academy partners in Europe include the European Seed Association, Vegepolys and French Seed Union in France, Seed Valley and Naktuinbouw in The Netherlands, the Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics and the Spanish Plant Breeders Association in Spain; and the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research, the German Plant Breeders Association in Germany. The integrated program will lead participants through basic and practical experiences in each location in genetics, statistics, and plant breeding, enabling participants to become professional plant breeders.

The European Academy’s two lead instructors are Rale Gjuric, the president and managing director of Haplotech Inc. a plant breeding service company in Canada, and Idy van Leeuwen, the owner of Breedwise B.V. a professional training company for plant breeding in The Netherlands. Dr. Gjuric is an accomplished commercial plant breeder with 35 canola varieties released in the past 15 years. Ms. van Leeuwen is a well know member of the Dutch seed industry and has extensive experience organizing and teaching plant breeding to seed industry employees and university students over the last 17 years.

The 14 members of the inaugural class include: Andreas Girke and Wilbert Luesink from Norddeutsche Pflanzenzucht Lembke (NPZ) in Germany, Bunterm Iamthian and Supat Mekiyanon from Chia Tai Co. in Thailand, Diego Ramos and Jose Maldonado from Monsanto in Spain, Guillermo Aqulla Tortosa and Marc Solsona from Semillas Fito in Spain, Dominique Rouan from Bayer CropSciences in Belgium, Inga Kottmann from Deutsche Saatveredelung Ag in Germany, Liora Lifshitz from Zeraim Gedera Ltd. in Israel, Naama Barom Eliyahu from Hazera Genetics in Israel, Mathieu Sanvoisin from Syngenta in France, and Mika Isolahti from Boreal Plant Breeding Ltd. in Finland. [March 2010]

 

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