How Biotech Can Revolutionize a ‘Lost’ Fruit

How Biotech Can Revolutionize a ‘Lost’ Fruit

August 16, 2016
Why tomatoes taste bad, how biotech could revolutionize a ‘lost’ fruit—and why you may never eat one (via Genetic Literacy Project)
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What is Plant Breeding? [Video]

What is Plant Breeding? [Video]

May 18, 2016
"How to Breed Plants, As told by Students" is one of many 4-6 minute short films funded by the UC Global Food Initiative (GFI) to teach the public and the UC community about sustainable agriculture.
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Growing Your Picnic Day 2016 Pulses

Growing Your Picnic Day 2016 Pulses

April 20, 2016
Tips on planting the pulses from your Picnic Day seed packet
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UC Davis Plant Breeding Symposium

UC Davis Plant Breeding Symposium

April 18, 2016
The student-organized UC Davis Plant Breeding Symposium is an annual event that brings together researchers in academia, industry, and the non-profit sector to discuss the latest advances in the field of plant breeding. This year's theme is "Breeding for Stress Resilience", and we have invited speakers from around the world to present on this highly relevant and important topic.
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Graduate Studies Fellowship Matching Initiative

Graduate Studies Fellowship Matching Initiative

January 22, 2016
The Office of Graduate Studies is launching a new fellowship initiative for graduate student support.
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USDA-NIFA Awards Organic Agriculture Research Grant to PBC and Student Farm

USDA-NIFA Awards Organic Agriculture Research Grant to PBC and Student Farm

November 12, 2015
New organic plant breeding effort will produce new crop varieties and train new plant breeders
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What is plant breeding?

11064794_785300991517707_8984872880015443795_o (1)Plant breeders develop new varieties that are productive, nutritious, and adapted to a changing climate. By combining field-based evaluation and selection with the latest genomics technologies, plant breeders provide the world with better food, feed, fiber, and renewable fuel, and contribute to sustainable landscapes.

 


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Why pursue plant breeding?

The USDA recently published a new report showing tremendous demand for recent college graduates with a degree in agricultural programs with an estimated 57,900 high-skilled job openings annually in the food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, and environmental fields in the United States.

Whether you wish to work in the field, the forest, the greenhouse, or the laboratory, whether in the academic, private, non-profit, or governmental sector, whether domestic or abroad, a degree in plant breeding can position you for a fulfilling, stimulating, and necessary career.

 

 

Why UC Davis?

We invite you to explore this website and consider pursuing an education in plant breeding at UC Davis. For the third consecutive year, UC Davis ranks first in the world for teaching and research in agriculture and forestry, according to rankings released by QS World University Rankings. The university is surrounded by about 100 seed companies in a 150-mile radius, which provide countless opportunities for professional and educational development and employment. The Seed Industry cluster is invigorated by monthly networking events at UC Davis through SeedCentral.

Through the broad expertise of its faculty, the work of its active breeding programs in nearly 20 different agricultural and horticultural species, the progressive structure of its many interdisciplinary programs, and the research support provided by its cutting-edge facilities, the university provides a singular educational environment for modern plant breeding and its related disciplines. Students interested in a graduate degree in plant breeding should apply to the UC Davis Horticulture and Agronomy Graduate Program.