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UC Davis Offers Advanced Module Plant Breeding Academy, November 7-9, 2017, in Davis, California

The graduates of the July 2017 class. Students from all over the world attend the program at UC Davis.

Responding to the demand of the plant breeding community, the UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy is offering the second open enrollment Advanced Module course.  The class will take place in Davis, CA, November 7-9, 2017.  The module is designed to review the breeding strategies in context of the modern tools and build the necessary background towards understanding and practical application of BLUPs, genomic selection, with lectures and discussion on the following topics:

  •                          Multivariate selection
  •                          Linear and mixed models
  •                          BLUPs, Genomic selection
  •                          Advanced experimental designs and analysis
  •                          Dealing with testing environments

The participants will be required to bring laptops for a number of exercises using “R”.

UC Davis instructors Allen Van Deynze and Rale Gjuric will be joined by Bruce Walsh, University of Arizona, to deliver this module.  Daniel Runcie, UC Davis, will contribute a guest lecture “A Bayesian model for quantitative genetic studies of high-dimensional traits”.

In July, UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy (PBA) graduated the fourth class with a session in Davis, California.  Over last two years, during the six sessions held in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands;  Angers, France;  Gatersleben, Germany;  Gent, Belgium;  Almeria, Spain, and UC Davis; ten participants in this class spent more than 300 hours in classes, workshops and the field, training towards the Plant Breeding Academy Certificate.

The full registration fee $1,150.  Early bird rate of $950 is available for registrations before September 30, 2017.

Start: November 7th, 2017, Tuesday at 8:00.  Finish: November 9th, 2017, Thursday at 4:30 pm.

For more information and registration please visit contact Julie Tillman at