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Plant Breeding Academy Graduates Class VII

Congratulations to Class VII students of the Davis Plant Breeding Academy. This class is exceptional, for they began in 2018 and the pandemic prevented them from meeting for 2 years until they finally came together for their final Week and Graduation on April 11-15. The graduating class consisted of 14 students, 9 of which were able to meet in-person in Davis, while 5 were online via Zoom. We wish a special congratulations and the best of luck to PBA Class VII! 

Plant Breeding Academy welcomes Dr. Kendra Amstrong as new instructor

Dr Kendra Armstrong has recently joined our teacher roaster of UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy, as a core instructor. 

“Being an instructor for UC Davis’ PBA is a career highlight and a great opportunity. Working with the students has been tremendously rewarding already, and I am looking forward to more great interactions in coming sessions and cohorts", said Dr Kendra Armstrong.

EPBA VI Completes Week 5 in Almeria

European PBA Class VI completed their fifth week in Almeria, Spain and were lucky to get some great weather during their trip. They visited Bayer and Rijk Zwaan in Almeria and are looking forward to their week 6 graduation in June.

Plant Breeding Academy Welcomes Class VIII

Davis PBA Class VIII completed their first session (week 1 of 6) in Davis on February 7-12, and the class proved to be filled with bright, eager plant breeders, ready to learn more. They are looking forward to week 2 in June.

EPBA VI Completes a Successful Week 4 in Angers, France

After two sessions taking place online due to the pandemic, the European Plant Breeding Academy students and instructors were excited to meet in person in Angers, France Academy instructors included SBC Director of Education Jovan Djordjevic, SBC Director, Allen Van Deynze and Alexandra Tomerius.

Dr. Imtiyaz Khanday joins SBC as new Director of Research

SBC is very happy to announce that we now have a new Director of Research at the SBC, Dr. Imtiyaz Khanday who continue working on seeds as a propagule. Imtiyaz is an assistant professor of plant reproductive biology in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis and an assistant agronomist for the Agricultural Experiment Station. Imtiyaz grew up among the highest mountains in the world in Kashmir valley and received his master’s in biotechnology from University of Kashmir.

Dr. Jovan Djordjevic joins the SBC as executive director

We are excited to welcome Dr. Jovan Djordjevic to our team as SBC’s executive director! Jovan has spent over 25 cumulative years with Monsanto, Limagrain and BASF Vegetable Seeds, where he most recently directed research and breeding teams and developed crop strategy (vegetable seeds) as BASF Vegetable’s Global R&D Team Lead for breeding. An accomplished and experienced plant breeder, he brings a broad-based expertise in plant breeding research and development.