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

UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy-a Premium Professional Program for Plant Breeders

Established in 2006 to address the global shortage of trained plant breeders, UC Davis Plant Breeding AcademySM (PBA) has grown into a premium professional certificate program widely recognized by the global seed industry.

Through three classes in Davis and two in Europe, PBA has trained 85 plant breeders representing 46 plant breeding organizations from 20 different countries.  At invitation of and in cooperation with Asia & Pacific Seed Association, the Asian Plant Breeding Academy will start in November of 2012.  A version of the Plant Breeding Academy is also planned for Africa starting in the second half of 2012.

The students and employers find a great value in this program, resulting in participation and recognition by the seed industry such as: European Seed Association Outstanding Student Award, Bayer CropScience Scholarship, etc...  A recent survey of UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy (PBA) graduates shows that the program has a significant impact on both the employer and the graduate-employee.  Almost 90% of surveyed graduates agree that they became more productive employees and that complexity of their tasks and duties have increased as a result of the PBA training.

The UC Davis Plant Breeding AcademySM is a professional certificate program that covers the fundamentals and the most recent developments in plant breeding theory and practice. Employers appreciate the opportunity to provide their valued employees advanced training without disrupting their full-time employment.  Participants attend six 6-day sessions at UC Davis. The instructors are internationally recognized experts in plant breeding and seed technology.

UC Davis Plant Breeding AcademySM2012 Class begins in September. Applications are now being accepted. 

Register before March 31st, 2012, and take advantage of the early registration discount.

For more information on the UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy visit or contact Joy Patterson,




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