International students learn about Dutch plant breeding and propagation industry

The fully booked 10th edition of the Summer School Green Genetics took place from 26 till 30 August. Thirty-three students were introduced to the world of green genetics by attending lectures and excursions given by Wageningen University & Research experts and staff from several Dutch plant breeding companies.

11th edition programme
The participants attended lectures given by Wageningen University & Research experts, participated in a Wageningen Campus research facilities tour, attended a company market and visited Dutch plant breeding companies. This year De Ruiter Seeds, Schooneveld Breeding, Dekker Chrysanten (SeedValley), Dummen Orange and NAKtuinbouw were visited. The participants learned and experienced many fascinating aspects of the Dutch plant breeding and propagation industry during the visits and lectures. 

This year's edition was rated with an overall score of 4.7 on a scale from 1 to 5. Especially the company visit to Schoneveld made a huge impression on the students, as all their facilities were brand new and fully focused on sustainability.

"The Summer School Green Genetics is the ideal way to introduce the fascinating world of plant breeding to students interested in this exciting and dynamic field. The mix of lectures and company visits gives them a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the wonderful world of breeding. I am glad to see that based on their Summer School experience every year more and more students decide to follow further education or directly start a career in the Dutch plant breeding sector. I would say, let’s continue for another 10 years!" said Prof. Dr. R. (Richard) Visser, Chair & Head Plant Breeding, Wageningen University & Research.

Source: Wageningen University & Research

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