Are you a student? Is the plant breeding world your field of interest? Do terms like green genetics, horticulture & plant breeding sound familiar? Then you're invited to participate in the Summer School Green Genetics at Wageningen University & Research.
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 have enough students studying plant science and moreover, to let them start a career in the green genetics.
The Summer School Green Genetics consist of a 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 will be on theory and later on in the week more company visits will be made.
- 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