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

E-Series 2: Hybrid Breeding Strategies

Upcoming E-Series #2 Courses


Foundational level, designed for plant breeders and their team, this course will aid in the design and development of a true hybrid breeding engine, covering the topics of breeding targets, germplasm and trait organization into pools, importance of hybrid testing/evaluation, early vs late generation testing, choice of testers, and more.


November 2022 (Available in Spanish & Portuguese)

Early Registration price: $590 
Regular Registration price: $790

SPANISH: November 9 & 10, 2022
8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific time zone (PDT)
Instructors (originally taught in English): Jovan Djordjevic & Ken Owens
Early registration price available until January 28, 2022

PORTUGUESE: November 16 & 17, 2022
8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific time zone (PDT)
Instructors (originally taught in English): Jovan Djordjevic & Ken Owens
Early registration price available until February 4, 2022

This is a previously recorded course that has been interpreted to Spanish and Portuguese languages. This course is not available in English at this time. Lectures are pre-recorded, but instructors and interpreters will be live during the course to answer Q&A in respective language. 


Check back soon for our PBA E-Series course dates (English) in Spring 2023. 

Course Instructors

Ken Owens, Instructor, PBA Online E-Series
Ken Owens
Ken Owens comes with over 37 years of experience in Vegetable Breeding. A University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, Ken begun his career as cucumber and pepper breeder with Peto Seed in Woodland, California back in 1982. In 2000 he cofounded a start -up which later became recognized as Magnum Seeds where he helped establish Breeding, Seed Production and Sales activities for 6 vegetable classes. During his prolific 37-year vegetable breeding career, Ken and his team bred countless varieties for global markets, worth almost half a Billion Dollars in Sales. Ken is looking forward to giving back and sharing his experiences with new generations of plant breeders.

Executive Director, Jovan Djordjevic, SBC
Jovan Djordjevic
Jovan Djordjevic spent over 25 cumulative years with Monsanto, Limagrain and BASF Vegetable Seeds, where he was most recently director of their research and breeding teams and developed crop strategy (vegetable seeds) as BASF Vegetable's Global R and D Team Lead for breeding. An accomplished and experienced plant breeder, he brings a broad-based expertise in plant breeding research and development, including the application of new technologies in breeding, building innovation culture & teams, linking business and complex R and D activities, and building organizational strategies centered around customers and consumers. Jovan is passionate about plant breeding and research technologies contributing to world food production, in particular those that involve fewer detrimental environmental impacts.

Course Interpreters

Joelson Freitas
Joelson Freitas has over then 25 years experience in Vegetable Breeding and Seed Industry, most of them obtained as Onion breeder for Nunhems Brazil. He had a great experience working as Melon breeding Coordinator for Sakata after his first position as Scientific Research in a public sector (Epamig) -  where he devoted four years in Cotton and Tomato researches. He also coordinated a Tomato breeding project sponsored by CNPq and acted as Trainee and Seed Cooperator for HortiAgro and Pioneer seed companies. During these time he delivered Science, Services and Products for the Vegetable Seed Segment.

Joelson received his PhD in Plant Breeding by Lavras University and recently joined at Murray River Seed Company, for an amazing experience.

Juliana Osorio Marin
Juliana Osorio Marin received her B.Sc. in Agronomy Engineering in her home country, Colombia. After completing her degree, she moved to the States and received a M.Sc. in Crop Sciences from University of Arkansas with emphasis in Cotton Biotechnology, and a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding with emphasis in Cotton Breeding from Texas A&M University. Following her grad studies, she moved to California and worked with Monsanto Vegetable Seeds, in Woodland CA, as Research Associate in the squash breeding team. Later on, in 2016, Dr. Juliana Osorio joined the spinach breeding program at UC Davis to help establish and managing the program along with Dr. Charlie Brummer and Dr. Allen Van Deynze. In early 2020 Dr. Osorio moved to Chile with her husband, and since then she has worked in several different programs in the country, mainly with walnuts and extension activities. She is very excited to have had the opportunity to translate and interpret some of the e-courses offer by the plant breeding academy, and looks forward to contributing with her experiences and knowledge in plant breeding both in the industry and academia.



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