UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy Starts the Fifth Class

Contributing to fill a critical need for trained plant breeders, the University of California, Davis, European Plant Breeding Academy (EPBA) started its fifth class of students in October 2017 with a session in Enkhuizen, the Netherlands. With a generous support of local industry represented by Seed Valley, the session was hosted by Monsanto and included visits to Syngenta, Bejo, Corn Bak, and Incotec.

Participants in the UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy, in the Netherlands, October 2017.

Over the next two years, during the six sessions held in Enkhuizen (the Netherlands), Angers (France), Gatersleben (Germany), Gent (Belgium), Almeria (Spain), and the University of California, Davis (U.S.). This class will spend more than 300 hours in classes, workshops and the field, training to complete the premium professional certificate program.

Class Five consists of the following 21 participants:

  • Rami Abu Mousa, Oula for Seeds Production, Jordan
  • Maria Berenguer Rivero, Semillas Fito, Spain
  • Alexandra Bothe, Norddeutsche Pflanzenzucht Hans-Georg Lembke KG, Germany
  • Richard Fages, HM Clause, France
  • Pablo Fernandez, Syngenta España, Spain
  • Benoît Foucault, KWS, France
  • Darryn Gibson, Progeny, United States
  • Rotem Hasson, Bayer Israel Ltd, Israel
  • Juan Manuel Herrera, Agroscope, Swizterland
  • Kadir Kaman, Syngenta, Turkey
  • Edina Eva Kare, LS Plant Breeding, United Kingdom
  • Tobias Kox, NPZ Innovation, Germany
  • Cédric Lefaix, HM Clause Iberica SA, Spain
  • Sina Möller, Deutsche Saatveredelung AG, Germany
  • Stephanie Mueller, KWS, Germany
  • Mihaela Patrascoiu, Maïsadour Semences, Romania
  • Edouard Penez, Saaten-Union Recherche, France
  • Enrique Ramos, Syngenta, Spain
  • Philipp Schulze, Royal Berries, Spain
  • Ahmet Sirri Sensoy, Semillas Fito, Turkey
  • Gregor Welna, Norddeutsche Pflanzenzucht Hans-Georg Lembke KG, Germany

Established in 2006, the University of California, Davis, Plant Breeding Academy is a premium professional certificate program offered in the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa. To date, 281 breeders from 62 countries have attended the Plant Breeding Academy, making it the most significant program of its kind.

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

The Seed Biotechnology Center, in the Department of Plant Sciences, was established at the University of California, Davis, in 1999 to mobilize the research, educational and outreach resources of the university 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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