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Have You Signed Up For UC Davis’ Seed Biotechnology Center Continuing Education Yet? 

Seed Business 101 Horticulture, Class XIII of 2023.

Are you ready to take your seed industry career to the next level? The UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center (SBC) mobilizes UC Davis resources in partnership with the seed industry to drive seed innovation, with the goal of benefiting both agriculture and consumers. SBC offers various professional education programs, both short and longer, all tailored for busy seed industry professionals:

Short Course Options

If you’d like to further your skills and knowledge in a meaningful but quick way, consider one or more of UC Davis’ short courses. Options range from stand-alone courses like the four-day ‘Seed Production’ program in Davis this February or the five-day ‘Seed Business 101 Horticulture’, for example. 

Others, like the brand new Leadership Academy, can be taken as stand-alone modules or as an integrated whole. The next Leadership Academy module, ‘LEAD 2’, begins in March in Almeria, Spain. 

SBC also offers an online plant breeding E-series consisting of six courses, each lasting two half-days, coming in April and May.

If you’re ready to expand your professional skillset and grow your career, now is the best time to sign up for continuing education: 

** UC Davis’ SBC is offering, exclusively to Seed World readers, a 20% discount off the regular registration price on all of its short courses, both online and in-person. **

If you’re interested in learning more, visit To access the 20% registration discount, email the SBC at

Jovan Djordjevic, director of the UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy, snaps a photo of the 2023 UC Davis European PBA cohort, Class VI of 2022, in Almeria, Spain.

Plant Breeding Academy

Plant breeding professionals serious about advancing their education should consider one of UC Davis’ Plant Breeding Academies, offered at Davis in California, Europe and Africa*.

Addressing the seed industry’s shortage of plant breeders, the academy empowers professionals already working within seed industry and plant breeding programs. Solely dedicated to the field of plant breeding and taught by experienced plant breeders, the program rivals traditional Ph.D. programs. Unlike traditional PhD programs, however, the Plant Breeding Academy is designed for participants to maintain employment: the Academy features in-person and on-location sessions, each lasting five to six days in length and scheduled three times per year,culminating in a final session at the UC Davis campus. 

The Davis and European Academies have a limit of 20 participants, ensuring a quality interactive learning experience. For more information, visit  

“Established in 2006, the UC Davis Plant Breeding Academies have proudly graduated over 400 students,” says Jovan Djordjevic, the director of the UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy. “That’s a very significant contribution to innovation and to addressing challenges in plant breeding. Our program is key to building careers for the best and brightest seed industry professionals, and to building agriculture’s resilience, especially amidst climate change.”

* The Africa Academy follows a special program in collaboration with multiple partners including AOCC, AUDI and ICRAF.