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UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy Begins its Fourth Class

Helping to fill a critical need for trained plant breeders, the University of California, Davis European Plant Breeding Academy (EPBA) started its fourth class of students this week with a session in Enkhuizen, the Netherlands.
Over the next two years, during the six sessions held in Enkhuizen, the Netherlands; Angers, France; Gatersleben, Germany; Gent, Belgium; Almeria, Spain, and UC Davis, this class will spend more than 300 hours in classes, workshops and the field, training to complete this professional certification program.
The class consists of the following 13 participants: Remy Adriaensen, Bayer CropScience, France; Antonio Abad Alamo Bermudo, Fall Creek Farm & Nursery Inc., Spain;  Sierra Bacarizo, Syngenta, Spain; Solène Crépellière , Syngenta, France;  Grégory Lavric, KWS MOMONT, France; Alessandra Lillo , Driscoll’s Genetics Ltd., UK; Przemyslaw Matysik, Hodowla Roslin Strzelce, Poland; Nina Muellers, KWS SAAT SE, Germany; Bear Reel, CW Botanicals, USA; Michal Rokicki, Poznanska Hodowla Roslin Spólka, Poland; Adam Sitarski, KHBC, Poland; Erik  Van der Biezen, Bayer CropScience, Belgium; Arie Vana, Israel.
For more information on the Plant Breeding Academy, please contact Joy Patterson at or visit