UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy Starts the Seventh Class

Contributing to fill a critical need for trained plant breeders, 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.

The 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. The two-year course addresses the reduced numbers of plant breeders being trained in academic programs. Participants meet for six sessions over two years. Readings and exercises continue between sessions via internet to allow participants to maintain their current positions while being involved in the course.

The course is targeted toward personnel currently involved in plant breeding programs who lack the academic background in genetics theory and practice to advance as independent breeders. Current breeders who desire a refresher course or would like to broaden their expertise would also be potential participants.

Plant Breeding Academy courses are taught in the U.S. (Davis, California), Europe, Asia, and Africa.

New participants in Class VII

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

For more information on the Plant Breeding Academy, contact Joy Patterson at jpatterson@ucdavis.edu or visit http://pba.ucdavis.edu

The Seed Biotechnology Center was established at UC Davis in 1999 to mobilize the research, educational and outreach resources of the University of California in partnership with the seed and biotechnology industries, and to facilitate discovery and commercialization of new seed technologies for agricultural and consumer benefits.

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