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.