Seed Biotechnology Center
Seed Biotechnology Center
Seed Biotechnology Center
University of California
Seed Biotechnology Center

Educational Courses

The technical nature of plant breeding and seed production requires a highly educated workforce. A key goal of the Seed Biotechnology Center and the Plant Breeding AcademySM has been to provide ongoing education for professionals in the seed and plant breeding industries.

Plant Breeding Academy - Class VIII

Plant Breeding Academy— Class VIII
Class starts in
February 2022 (in-person) 
Davis, California


Plant Breeding Academy— The Seed Biotechnology Center at the University of California, Davis has organized a professional development course to teach the principles of plant breeding to seed industry personnel. This 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.   

UC Davis PBA is available as a tailor-made academy for companies

For more information, contact SBC Education Director Dr. Jovan Djordjevic

Hemp Breeding and Seed Production

Hemp Breeding and Seed Production (Online)


November 2 - 4, 2021
8:00 am - 12:30 pm (Pacific time zone, USA)

Hemp Breeding and Seed Production - A 3 half-day online course designed to enhance the knowledge of professionals working on hemp improvement and propagation. The course covers hemp seed production topics such as flowering, pollination, seed development, harvesting and certification. Course participants will also learn about hemp genomics, genetics, sex expression, types of cultivars with corresponding breeding schemes and intellectual property protection options. The course will be delivered in an interactive format with lectures and discussions. The instructors include experts from the public and private sectors.    


Plant Breeding Academy E-Series


E-Series #1: Statistics & Experimental Design - Available in Spanish or Portuguese

November 8 & 9, 2021 - Spanish 
November 15 & 16, 2021 - Portuguese 

E-Series #2: Hybrid Breeding Strategies - Available in Spanish or Portuguese

November 10 & 12, 2021 - Spanish
November 17 & 18, 2021 - Portuguese

E-Series #3: Advanced Statistics and Experimental Design Registration will open soon!

January 11 & 13, 2022 - Pacific time zone (PT)
February 1 & 3, 2022 - Central European time zone (CET)

Plant Breeding Academy E-Series — Based upon a seed industry-wide survey assessing continuous educational needs during the pandemic, the UC Davis Plant Breeding AcademySM (PBA) is launching a set of online short courses called the PBA E-Series. Each course consists of two half-days and utilizes in an online format the proven teaching models of our in-person courses that focus on practical application and interaction with experienced instructors.

Seed Business 101 - Horticulture

Seed Business 101 - Horticulture (In-Person)


December 6-10, 2021 
Davis, California

Seed Business 101 - The goal of Seed Business 101 is to enhance each participant’s career performance and help them avoid costly mistakes. The course is designed to focus on the optimum operations of the five major functional areas of a seed company. The course offers participants a broad understanding of the major aspects of a seed company’s operations and a cross-departmental knowledge of best practices for profitability.   

Seed Production

Registration will open soon.

February 15-17 & 22-24, 2022 (Online)

Seed Production - This course focuses on the biological, genetic, agronomic and technological processes and practices involved in the production and processing of agricultural seeds and how they influence seed quality. The course will also cover the postharvest conditioning processes and seed technology treatments that can enhance seed quality.

Seed Biology and Quality

Planned for June 2022 - More information to follow
Davis, California

Seed Biology and Quality - This course presents the scientific background and technical protocols for assessing, enhancing and maintaining high seed quality. It is a two-day course for both beginning and experienced seed professionals.

Breeding with Genomics

Next course dates to be announced

Breeding with Genomics - This course is aimed at professionals who are directly or indirectly involved in plant breeding and germplasm improvement. It is an opportunity for breeders who are already using these tools to expand their knowledge of new strategies and technologies and for laboratory personnel to appreciate how the marker data that they gen­erate are applied in breeding programs.

Program Management for Plant Breeders

Next course dates to be announced

Program Management for Plant Breeders - Managing plant breeding and laboratory programs are becoming increasingly complex. This course is designed to enhance management skills of plant breeders and technical leads. Professionals directing these programs in agricultural research, in agribusiness development and those from the public sector will benefit from attending this course.


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