Students in the New M.S. in Plant Breeding and Genetics conduct experiments on legume seeds in the Department of Crop Sciences greenhouses on the Urbana-Champaign Campus.
As part of the new M.S. program in Plant Breeding and Genetics, four students are participating in an enriching 6-week internship in the United States, engaging with researchers at the University of Illinois in the Department of Crop Sciences and with private sector companies including Dow AgroSciences and Monsanto. The internship, supported by the USAID/Ghana mission, is designed to broadly expose students to modern academic and private sector breeding programs. The training of Africa’s next generation of plant breeders injects much needed new capacity into the public and private sector field stations and research institutes of the region.