Why UC Davis?


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. For over 100 years, UC Davis has played a major role in developing and managing many of the more than 350 plant commodities now grown in California. The diversity of crops ranges across vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains, forages, ornamentals and turf.

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.