“Diverse Crops – Diverse Challenges”


On behalf of the local Organizing Committee for the 7th National Association of Plant Breeders and the 10th Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee meeting, we invite your organization to join our annual meeting being held at the University of California, Davis on August 7-10, 2017.

Important deadlines:
Student on-campus housing deadline: June 6th, 2017
Early Bird Registration Cutoff: May 20, 2017
Student Talk Abstract Submission Deadline: May 30, 2017
Printing Deadline: July 1, 2017

The National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB) was begun as an initiative of the Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee (PBCC) which began in 2005. The PBCC (official committee SCC 080) is a forum for leadership, regarding issues, problems, and opportunities of long-term strategic importance to the contribution of plant breeding to national goals. The NAPB is the outreach group that represents plant breeders in federal, state, commercial and non-government organizations.

The NAPB’s Mission: The National Association of Plant Breeders strengthens plant breeding to promote food security, quality of life, and a sustainable future.

The NAPB’s Vision: The NAPB works to help create a future in which 1) Strong public and private sectors work independently and together to deliver varieties and improved germplasm to society, 2) The value and importance of plant breeding to food security, quality of life, and a sustainable future are known and appreciated by the public, and 3) Plant breeding is viewed as dynamic, problem solving, and creative. The NAPB intends to become a recognized and valued advocate for plant breeding research and education, helping to guide and implement a cohesive national plant breeding agenda.

2017 NAPB meeting highlights:

  • Reception and banquet featuring local bands
  • Pre- and post-conference tours near Davis and Salinas
  • Integration of USDA/NIFA Project Director meeting
  • Poster sessions and 1-minute poster introductions
  • Award talks and 2017 awards
  • Sessions on high-throughput phenotyping, breeding for nutritional quality, breeding for organic systems, and gene editing
  • Student workshops on management of breeding programs

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!


Allen Van Deynze
UC Davis
Charlie Brummer
UC Davis
Amanda Saichaie
UC Davis