Deana Namuth-Covert Ph.D., University of Nebraska; Jamie Sherman Ph.D., Montana State University; Mary Brakke Ph.D., University of Minnesota; Jorge Dubcovsky Ph.D., University of California-Davis; Gary Muehlbauer Ph.D., University of Minnesota
The Plant Breeding Training Network (PBTN) has supported development of several graduate level courses, webinar series, and plant breeding video projects, as well as group discussion surrounding the latest techniques and equipment in plant breeding. Links to several of these resources can be found below:
The PBTN is supported by a larger multi-institutional program, the Plant and Soil Sciences eLibrary, hosted at the Univ of Nebraska, where a collaboration of infrastructure and learning materials across a variety of disciplines has been in place since 1999. The PBTN project was supported in part by the National Research Initiative Competitive Grants CAP project 2011-68002-30029 (TCAP) from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, adminstered by the University of California-Davis.
Additional support for infrastructure and supplementary materials has been made possible by the following key funding:
- the National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Undergraduate Education, National SMETE Digital Library Program, Award #0938034, administered by the University of Nebraska.
- the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68005-30411 (CenUSA) from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, administered by Iowa State University.
- the USDA Initiative for Future Agriculture and Food Systems (IFAFS) and the Cooperative State Research, Education, & Extension Service, U.S. Dept of Agriculture under Agreement Number 00-52100-9710, administered by Colorado State University.
- the Cooperative State Research, Education, & Extension Service, U.S. Dept of Agriculture under Agreement Number 98-EATP-1-0403 administered by Cornell University and the American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC).
Other partnerships are being developed to ensure long term sustainability.