Summer School Green Genetics

Summer School

Summer School Green Genetics

Are you a student? Is the plant breeding world your field of interest? Do terms like green genetics, horticulture & plant breeding sound familiar? Then we invite you to participate in this Summer School! It is free of charge and a great learning experience. The Dutch plant breeding and propagation industry is an innovative and knowledge intensive industrial branch which has a leading position in the world. Graduates with an education in plant sciences or breeding can start a blooming career in this sector, with many challenges to develop themselves professionally and personally.

Organisator Wageningen Academy
Duur 5 days
Setup Campus WUR
Locatie Wageningen
Prijs Gratis

Why is there a Summer School Green Genetics

The sector “Flowers & Food” has been designated as one of the key sectors for innovation in the Dutch economy. It covers horticulture, food production and plant breeding (green genetics). Plant breeding focuses on the production of new varieties in crop plants. New varieties with improved traits like taste, health promoting ingredients, yield, resistance to diseases, resistance to stress conditions, etc. These varieties are the basis for sustainable production of healthy food, food ingredients and non-food products worldwide. More and more, innovative techniques are included in breeding programs: molecular breeding, genomics, DNA sequencing, gene technology. The level of plant science research in The Netherlands is excellent when measured along international standards. In order to keep this level it is very important to do have enough students styding plant science and moreover, to let them start a career in the green genetics!

Programme

The Summer School Green Gentics consist of a great mixture of lectures, WUR research facility visits, company visits, a company market, some practical, hands on training and a network drink. At the beginning of the week the focus lays upon theory and later on in the week more company visits will be made.

Course objectives

• Learn about the basic topics in plant breeding
• Hear about new promising technologies
• Visit research facilities and laboratories
• Be the special guest of worldwide leading breeding companies

Testimonials

For me, the Summer School Green Genetics was an eye-opening experience. It made me realise just how crucial plant breeding and seed technology actually is for our society, and the sheer amount of work it takes to develop new crop varieties. Never again will I take a vegetable breed that took a decade to develop for granted!
Merijn Kerstens, participant SSGG16

I feel really lucky to have had the opportunity to spend a week at Wagenignen for the #ssgg18. I learnt a lot about the breeding industry and the application of genetic techniques as well as the issues, and met some amazing people who have become life long friends
Robyn Emmerson, participant SSGG18