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2015 Basic wheat improvement hands-on training course

The Basic Wheat Improvement Course (BWIC) is a unique professional development opportunity for early-career scientists in the public, private, or nongovernmental sectors. Scientists working in national agricultural research systems, particularly in the fields of wheat breeding, pathology, and physiology will find this course especially useful.


The course will focus on breeding methodologies, with general reviews of plant breeding, pathology, physiology and wheat quality, among other topics, through lectures and seminars and significant hands-on fieldwork. Participants will also receive an introduction to the agronomy program, covering work on conservation agriculture, irrigation systems, fertilizer management and seed production. Participants will share their experience in national research activities or, for Ph.D. students, discuss their research projects.


This course targets junior scientists (younger than 40 years) associated with national research programs, as well as graduate students and self-sponsored visitors. Candidates should be among M.Sc. degree holders or B.Sc. and diploma holders with more than 5 years' experience.

Course cost

USD $10,500.00

This includes accommodations, daily allowances (USD $30/day), health insurance, application for a Mexican visa, transport within Mexico, airport transfers, use of a laptop with internet, training materials, field visits, and attendance of workshops and conferences. Course costs do not include international travel to and from Mexico, travel incidentals or medical insurance deductibles.

Application deadline December 20, 2014

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