What has made the Plant Breeding Academy so successful?
Class I of the PBA began instruction in September 2006 with 15 students enrolled. After six sessions, each six day in length, they graduated in June 2008. Quotes from graduates of Class I include, “Overall, this course is invaluable to me in that I am able to maintain my full-time, great job, and gain this knowledge without having to become a full-time student.” and “It would be hard to find more plant breeding talent put together in a single program than at the PBA.” The 22 members of Class II began in September of 2008 and will graduate in June 2010.
The course curriculum extends to comprehensive subjects in plant breeding including: genetics, statistics, single trait selection, recombination and population development, resistance breeding, genotyping, biotechnology, data management, finishing varieties and seed production, conditioning and storage. Graduates receive a Certificate of Completion from UC Davis. The SBC is now accepting applications for Class III. For more information see http://pba.ucdavis.edu or contact Joy Patterson at (530) 752-4414 or email@example.com.
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