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Dr. Todd Wehner Joins Team of Instructors for UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy (PBA)


Dr. Todd Wehner, an outstanding scientist, plant breeder and educator, has been added to the team of instructors for the upcoming class of the UC Davis European Plant Breeding AcademySM (PBA). Dr. Wehner has been with the UC Davis PBA since its inception in 2006 and lectured in U.S., Africa and Asia. The addition of a very experienced vegetable breeder further strengthens the UC Davis European PBA program.

Dr. Wehner joined North Carolina State University in 1979 when he took over the cucumber breeding and genetics project. In 1993, he took on the additional responsibility for breeding and genetics research on watermelon and specialty melon. He has released 63 cultivars and breeding lines, and published 188 journal articles and 23 book chapters, as well as trained 38 graduate students, 110 undergraduate interns and 32 visiting scientists. He is a recipient of numerous awards for excellence in teaching. Many of his former students are recognized plant breeders working in both the private and public sectors.

The UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy is a postgraduate program that teaches the fundamentals of plant breeding, genetics and statistics through lectures, discussion, and field trips to public and private breeding programs. Employers appreciate the opportunity to provide their valued employees advanced training without disrupting their full-time employment. Participants in the European PBA attend six 6-day sessions in six countries. The instructors are internationally recognized experts in plant breeding and seed technology.

Class VI of the UC Davis European Plant Breeding AcademySM begins in October 2019 and will include new topics that reflect the most recent developments in plant breeding theory and practice.
Applications are now being accepted.

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Source: UC Davis