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

News & Updates at the PBA


  • Edmore Gasura, an AfPBA Class III graduate, won the 2020 Japan International Award for Young Agricultural Researchers. Read more


  • AfPBA Joins Inaugural African Plant Breeders Association Meeting in Accra, Ghana on Sept 23-25, 2019.
  • The fifth class (20 participants) of the EPBA graduated in late June 2019. Congratulations Europe Class V!
  • Allen Van Deynze Receives Excellence in Research Award. Read more
  • SBC's partnership with African Orphan Crop Consortium prepare underutilized crops for success. Read more
  • Alumni from our African Plant Breeding Academy have established the African Plant Breeders Association. This professional association will provide a collaborative space for breeders on the continent.
  • PBA Student Passes Away in Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Crash. Read article
  • Plant Breeding Academy Addresses Global Food Needs. Read article
  • African PBA (AfPBA) Class III alumna, Dorcas Ibitoye recently won the 2018 Most Influential Scientist Award at the National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT) in Nigeria.
  • SBC Director of Research Allen Van Deynze discusses gene editing in rare groundcherry Read Article
  • In this Washington Post story, Dr. Allen Van Deynze talks about his work with moringa and African orphan crops Read Article and Watch Video
  • How changing the world's food systems can help to protect the planet Read Article
  • SBC Director of Research Allen Van Deynze speaks to Voice of America about the use and impact of high-tech agricultures tools in planting seeds for today and the future Listen
  • Allen Van Deynze talks about breeding better tomatoes in Farm to Table Talk podcast Listen
  • Plant breeding is a key part of precision agriculture's future Read More
  • European Seed names SBC Education Director Rale Gjuric one of 20 most influential seed people in Europe Read Article
  • Nature Plants: Sequencing forgotten crops Read Article


  • No crop left behind: Improving the plants that Africans eat and breeders Read more @
  • Promoting neglected and underutilized crops: FAO & African Orphan Crops Consortium try to safeguard valuable food resources Read More
  • Enoch Achigan Dako (UAC) and Julia Sibiya (PROTA), alumnae of the University of California’s African Plant Breeding Academy, discuss establishment of African Plant Breeding Association View VIDEO
  • In the September issue of Germination, SBC Education Director Rale Gjuric discussed the continued and valuable role of modern plant breeders. Read article online @
  • Along with insights from SBC Director Kent Bradford, UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy graduates Curtis Van Laecke and Evan Gillis discuss in September's issue of Germination their individual educational and professional paths that led them to plant breeding. Read article online @


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Plant Breeding Academy completes first Advanced Plant Breeding Module

February 2015 

Plant Breeding Academy by Numbers

January 2015 

AOCC Receives Gift

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July 1, 2013 Press Release: European Plant Breeding II Graduates

June 10, 2013 Press Release: National Association of Plant Breeders Awards - 2013

June 10, 2013 Press Release: National Association of Plant Breeders Honors Graduate Students

April 9, 2013 Press Release: UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy in Asia Completes Second Week

November 29, 2012 Press Release: PBA in Asia Completes First Week

September 10, 2012 Press Release: Meet Class IV of the Plant Breeding Academy

June 11, 2012 Press Release: 15 New Plant Breeders complete the UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy

February 13, 2012 Press Release:  UC Davis Plant Breeding AcademySM – a Premium Professional Certificate Program for Plant Breeders

December 6, 2011 Press Release:  Rita Mumm joins PBA as lead instructor

November 15, 2011 Press Release:  Recent UC Davis Publications Detail Education and Training Needs for Future Plant Breeders

October 2011 Press Release AIB Tomerius and UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy

October 2011 Press Release: UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy Starts Second Class

July 2011 Press Release:  Bayer CropScience Announces Scholarship for European Plant Breeding Academy

Mar 2011 Press Release: Plant Breeding Academy has a Big Impact on Career Development

Jan 2011 Press Release:  CRAG Moves to new Building and Hosts European Plant Breeding Academy Session Focused on Breeding with Molecular Markers

Jan 2011 Article:  Educating Plant Breeders to Meet Global Need

Dec 2010 Press Release: BreedWise reaches milestone in plant breeding education - Over 2000 students trained

FlandersBio joins European Plant Breeding Academy as a partner - EPBA class II is now open for registration

Oct 2010 Press Release: Plant Breeding Academy in Seed Valley - The Netherlands

Sept 2010 Article: A career with a growing future

Sept 2010 Article: Plant breeding: A dying breed

July 2010 Video: PBA Class II share the value of their experiences (wmv)

June 2010 Press Release: 21 New Plant Breeders complete the UC Davis PBA

May 2010 Article: Plant breeding education is a group effort (pdf)

May 2010 Article: UC Davis creates cradle for new breeders (pdf)

April 2010 Press Release: Rale Gjuric is appointed as Director of the Plant Breeding Academy

April 2010 Interview: Dr. Allen Van Deynze - Breeding with Molecular Markers

April 2010 Press Release: New UC Davis study pinpoints the training needs for future plant breeders

March 2010 Press Release: Plant Breeding Academy for Europe Begins at UC Davis

Sept 2008 Press Release: Academy aims to train global cadre of plant breeders

Jan 2006 Article: Academic training of plant breeders no longer meets demand (pdf)

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