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

Welcome to the UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy

The University of California, Davis PLANT BREEDING ACADEMY is a premium professional development program designed to develop and enhance the skills of industry personnel around the world to enable them to become independent plant breeders or to contribute to larger breeding programs.

Featured PBA Courses

Plant Breeding Academy (Davis) Class IX

Application will open in January 2023

*NEW* African Plant Breeding Academy CRISPR Course

Class I begins January 2023

News & Updates


Successful debut for UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy E-Series ONLINE courses
The UC Davis PBA has completed its E-Series debut offerings (European time zone), held online over two ½ days (April 13 & 15 and April 20 & 22, 2021). The Statistics & Experimental Design and Hybrid Breeding Strategies courses were taught by plant breeding experts and featuring special surprise guests (Ken Owens and Manuel Flores). These foundation level short courses generated wide interest from all around the globe, drawing a total of 86 professionals from the Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Guatemala, Hungary, India,Italy, Japan, México, The Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, UK and USA. Instructors included SBC Educational Director Jovan Djordjevic and industry experts Alexandra Tomerius and Ken Owens. Thank you to our instructors, invited guests and all participants for making these courses a huge success!


SBC director Allen Van Deynze discusses the USDA's role in plant breeding and mentorship

LGC, Biosearch Technologies to feature African PBA Class IV graduates

LGC, Biosearch Technologies to feature African PBA Class IV graduates
LGC, Biosearch Technologies to feature African PBA Class IV graduates Drs. Inge Gazendam and Santatra Ravelomanantsoa in webinar "Celebrating advances in agrigenomics with SuperSHEroes", which shines the spotlight on three women scientists who are seeding global change in agriculture by championing modern genomics that promote sustainability, efficiency, and optimal breeding workflows.

Allen Van Deynze invited as plenary speaker: 2020 Oxford Nanopore London Calling
London Calling 2020 online
Along with Bernice Waweru (BecA/ILRI), SBC Director Allen Van Deynze will be a plenary speaker at the 2020 Oxford Nanopore London Calling event, being held on June 18-19. Over 2500 people have already registered for this exciting event. Presentation Title: The African Orphan Crops Consortium, Alleviating Stunting due to Malnutrition One Crop at a Time. London Calling is a conference dedicated to scientific research using nanopore DNA/RNA sequencing. International speakers across three main tracks will be hosted this year: Human and clinical research, microbiology, and plant genomics. Learn more

Video produced by African Plant Breeding Academy (Class IV)



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