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Plant Breeders Program

14 - 19 Oct 2024 | Cornell Campus, Ithaca, NY, USA

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Cornell Campus, Ithaca, NY, USA,

Cornell University

Cornell University, an Ivy League university located in Ithaca, New York, is at the forefront of education, research, and extension in agriculture, technology, and regulations. Cornell University connects the life, agricultural, environmental, and social sciences to provide world-renowned education, spark unexpected discoveries, and inspire pioneering solutions.  

For more than one hundred years, Plant Breeding and Genetics at Cornell University has been widely recognized for developing novel breeding methodologies and discovering economically important genes and varieties. 


Ranked the top plant breeding department in the nation, scientists and students at Cornell conduct translational research that bridges the gap between fundamental research and its implementation in applied breeding programs. The Plant Breeding & Genetics Section strives to be forward-looking and succinctly capture areas of enduring contribution with impact and the contributions that will serve future generations. 



Sathguru is a global research and consulting organization engaged in life science strategy advisory, research management advisory, intellectual property management guidance, and public policy advisory, since 1985.  

The executive education programs of Sathguru focus on niche life sciences with over two decades of experience delivering these courses with Cornell University and have offered transformative exposure to executives from across the globe.  

Sathguru engages in research and advisory for the seed sector in accessing technologies for contemporary trait needs, regulatory adherence, and market access. Sathguru has developed frameworks for several countries in areas such as biotechnology and intellectual property management regulations. 

About Plant Breeders Program

Plant breeding innovations have contributed significantly to addressing global food production needs. However, the challenge of improved food production to meet the food demand of 2050 would require the application of new breeding techniques and precision breeding techniques with a deeper understanding of plant physiology and molecular biology in an environment of rapid computational toolsPlant breeders are challenged to develop improved varieties that sustain yields in a highly challenging climate change environment and to meet the nutrition needs of the global population.  

Plant breeding is a critical tool in the fight for food security and responsible environmental stewardship. This advanced course will provide plant breeders from the seed industry and academic research institutions exposure to contemporary tools and techniques needed for strategic deployment in creating competitive varieties and traits. Senior-level plant breeding professionals will converge from different regions for a residential course at the Cornell campus, Ithaca, NY, to learn from world-renowned faculty. Exposure to contemporary breeding techniques, advancements in quantitative genetics, predictive modeling, and newer tools such as gene editing will provide plant breeders the opportunity to deploy solutions for the rapid generation of competitive varieties and traits in their organizations. 

Plant Variety Protection

Who Will Benefit

The program is designed for geneticists and molecular biologists engaged in crop improvement research. 

Plant Breeders Program

14 – 19 Oct 2024 | Cornell Campus, Ithaca, NY, USA


Interaction with the Faculty:
The participants get to access the world’s best faculty in the field of agriculture and life sciences. 

Lectures & Group Exercises:
The course will engage the participants in practical discussions, lectures, group exercises, field exposure, and case discussions focused on strategic decision approaches.

The participants will have an opportunity to interact with professionals working in the same sector from different geographical locations leading to cross-cultural and cross-enterprise learning. 

Key Focus Areas

  • Statistics and Experimental Design – Recapture
  • Advancements in Molecular Breeding & Experimental Designs
  • Hybrid Breeding Strategies
  • Selection Models in Plant Breeding
  • Association Mapping & Bulp/Genomic Selection
  • Intellectual Property Implications for Plant Breeders
  • Plant Variety Protection
  • Gene Editing
Key Focus Areas


Prof. Bruce Walsh

Prof. Bruce Walsh, Depts. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Plant Science, Animal Science, Molecular & Cellular Biology, University of Arizona. His interests are broadly in using mathematical models to explore the interface of genetics and evolution, with particular focus on two areas: the evolution of genome structure and the analysis of complex genetic characters (aka quantitative genetics)

Dr. Michael Gore, Associate Professor of Molecular Breeding and Genetics, Cornell University. His expertise is in the field of quantitative genetics and genomics, especially the genetic dissection of metabolic traits. He has also contributed to the development and application of field-based, high-throughput phenotyping tools for plant breeding and genetics research. He serves on the editorial boards of Crop Science and Theoretical and Applied Genetics.


Dr. Michael Gore

Dr. Lucia Gutierrez

Dr. Lucia Gutierrez, Associate Professor of Cereals Breeding and Quantitative Genetics, Department of Agronomy, University of Wisconsin – Madison. She develops statistical methods to analyze marker data to improve decision making in plant breeding. Specifically, she works on QTL mapping through GWAS and classical bi-parental populations as well as Genomic Selection on Barley, Wheat and Rice incorporating best field-experimental practices as well as genotype-by environment and QTL-by-environment strategies.

K. Vijayaraghavan is the CEO of Sathguru Management Consultants and visiting lecturer at CALS, Cornell University. Vijay combines innovation focus in enterprises and strategy to create and sustain their competitive advantage. He has advised worldwide seed sector in forecasting trends and in enhancing their competitiveness through smart adoption of innovation.


K Vijayaraghavan

Program Date

Program Fee

Participant TypeINRUSD
Residential₹ 80,000 + Taxes$ 1000 + Taxes
Non-Residential₹ 50,000 + Taxes$ 700 + Taxes
  • GST is applicable on the above fee
Fee includes
Course Material
Board & Accommodation*

Fee does not Include

Travel (Domestic & International)



Incidentals apart from inclusions

  • For residential participants – accommodation & all meals included
  • For non-residential participants – lunch included

Payment Details :

Accouont Number : 912020047528817
Branch : Hyderabad Main Branch, Telangana, India
IFSC Code : UT180000008

For payment through credit card, click here.
  • Formal registration takes place only after. the payment of fees
  • While substitutions are accepted prior to the start of the program, regret refunds for cancellations
  • Due to class size constraint, registration will be provided on a space available (first come, first serve) basis.
  • Multiple nominations are encouraged, however not more than five will be accepted from a single organization to ensure diversity of participant profile.


14 - 19 Oct 2024


Cornell Campus, Ithaca, NY, USA

Course FeeUSD
Program Fee7,500
Early bird Offer *7,125
For Women Participant’s7,000
  • • The Early Bird Offer closes on 31 August 2024
  • • Group enrolment benefits are offered to organizations nominating THREE or more participants
Fee includesFee does not Include  
Course MaterialTravel (Domestic & International)
Field VisitsInsurance
GraduationIncidentals apart from inclusions
Board (Breakfast & Lunch inculded)
Fee includes
Course Material
Field Visits
Board (Breakfast & Lunch inculded)

Fee does not Include

Travel (Domestic & International)



Incidentals apart from inclusions

Payment Details :

1. You may transfer the amount to Sathguru, Inc, Account No. 1255387272, CitiBank NA,
Swift code: CITI US 33 and routing number 221172610.

2. For payment through credit card, click here.

  • While substitutions are accepted prior to the start of the program, regret refunds for cancellations.
  • Due to class size constraints, registration will be provided on space available (first come, first serve).
  • Program dates include arrival date.
  • Twin occupancy requests will be accepted only if both participants are from the same organization.
  • The program dates/schedule is subject to change at short notice, in the interest of the participants and the program deliverables.
  • Multiple nominations are encouraged, however not more than five will be accepted from a single organization to ensure diversity of participant profile.

Participating organizations

Country Head, Bayer China
Nu Genes Pvt Ltd
ACI Limited
Hytech Seed India Pvt. Ltd.
Kaveri Seed Company Limited
Supreme Seed
Acsen Hyveg