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The UC Davis Plant Breeding AcademySM (PBA) is a professional certificate program offered since 2006 with classes in the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa.  To date, 333 breeders attended the PBA, representing a wide variety of backgrounds.

Here are some interesting facts about the PBA

Participation by sector

Private companies – 211

Public sector – 122

Participation by country

Private sector: USA (73), Germany (21), Spain (17), France (12), Thailand (8), Turkey (7), Israel (6), Canada, India (5), Australia, Belgium, China, Philippines, Poland (4), Finland, Japan, the Netherlands (3), Argentina, Hungary, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand, Taiwan, UK (2), Austria, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Jordan, Mexico, Romania, South Africa, Switzerland and Vietnam (1).

Public sector: Nigeria (18), Ethiopia (15), Ghana (13), Kenya (8), South Africa, Uganda (7), Zimbabwe (6), Cameroon (5), Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger (4), Senegal, Tanzania (3), Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Zambia (2), Burundi, DR Congo, Morocco, Namibia, Sudan, Togo and Tunisia (1).

Participation by last degree completed:

  • BSc – 113
  • MSc – 77
  • PhD – 143

Participation by crop type:

  • Vegetable and flowers – 114
  • Field crops – 156
  • Other crops or support – 63

Among the private industry breeders, more than 70% of participation is from companies that have repeatedly sent candidates to PBA.

Class VI of the European PBA Davis will start in October 2019 and it is now open for registration.

For more information about the UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy contact Joy Patterson at or

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