EDUCATION OF THE NEXT GENERATION OF PLANT BREEDERS FOR HORTICULTURAL CROP IMPROVEMENT
Crop improvement powered through plant breeding is critical for sustainable production of horticultural crops that contribute to healthful diets and enhance quality of life for people around the world. Currently there are too few breeders to satisfy global demands and opportunities in the public and private sectors of developing and developed countries. In order to meet future needs, it is important that educational programs incorporate rapidly changing new technologies along with classical content and methods in order to meet professional needs for cultivar developers, researchers, teachers and support scientists. Information from a broad based study at the University of California, Davis that sought input from expert stakeholders about breeding knowledge, experiences and skills can be used by educators, employers and students to provide diverse training opportunities to support ongoing professional development for future success in horticultural crop improvement.
Bliss, F.A. (2011). EDUCATION OF THE NEXT GENERATION OF PLANT BREEDERS FOR HORTICULTURAL CROP IMPROVEMENT. Acta Hortic. 916, 181-189
education, capacity, horticulture, human capital, plant breeding