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Plant Breeders Program

16 - 20 September 2024 | Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

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16 – 20 September 2024

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Cornell University, 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, food science, technology, and regulations. It is home to more than 23,000 students from 120 countries and nearly 3,000 world-class faculty, including Noble laureates and Rhodes scholars. Cornell University connects the life, agricultural, environmental and social sciences to provide world-renowned education, spark unexpected discoveries and inspire pioneering solutions. Cornell accelerates purpose-driven science by supporting inquiry that stretches from discovery to invention, and crosscuts different disciplinary boundaries.


Cornell excels with myriads of patents, extension, and outreach efforts that span several countries across the world in the food science arena. In addition, Cornell University provides education guided by world-class faculty and cutting-edge research opportunities in the agriculture and food sector.


Sathguru Management Consultants is a premier consulting organization spearheading business growth with sector-specific expertise in food and agri business over the last 35 years.

Sathguru leads research and consulting with an emphasis on emerging markets. Its extensive engagement in markets globally provides enterprises and governments with a deeper understanding of contemporary challenges and ways to access novel technologies and accelerate growth.

The executive education programs of Sathguru focus on niche life sciences. Sathguru has over two decades of experience delivering executive education programs with Cornell University, and has offered transformative exposure to executives from varied sectors.

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 tools.  Plant 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. 

The advanced plant breeding 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 in Hyderabad to gain exposure to 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 rapid generation of competitive varieties and traits in their own enterprises.

Plant Variety Protection

Who Will Benefit

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


Cross-cultural and Cross-enterprise Learning:
The participants will have an opportunity to interact with people working in the same sector from different geographical locations

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 and case discussions focused on strategic decision approaches .

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. He brings expertise in the area of protection, access, and benefit sharing mechanisms for plant genetic resources.

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.


16 - 20 September 2024


Cornell University, Ithaca, USA

Program Fee

Course FeeUSD
Program Fee7,500
Early bird Offer7,125
For Women Participant’s6,750
  • • Group enrolment benefits are offered to organizations nominating THREE or more participants

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.

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