Join The Next Generation of Plant Breeders
Apply for Our World-Class PhD Program
The UF/IFAS plant breeders oversee and manage one of the most active and innovative plant breeding programs in the world. No other institution genetically improves such a large variety of crops which can be grown not just in Florida, but also around the world. Our breeders use next-generation science to improve more than 50 crops for food, feed, fiber, fuel, shelter, landscape beautification, ecosystem services, and a variety of other human activities.
The Plant Breeding Graduate Program currently offers a Ph.D. degree in Plant Breeding. UF/IFAS is the land-grant university with the largest plant breeding faculty in the nation, and one of the largest in cultivars developed and cultivars licensed. Our 27 faculty are strategically located throughout Florida and have trained more than 60 plant breeders in the last 10 years.
Our faculty focus on training the next-generation of outstanding plant breeding leaders who will be well-rounded and career-ready for the industry, academia, non-profit, or other sectors. Our integrated curriculum equips students with traditional and contemporary breeding methodologies, including field-based breeding evaluation, quantitative genetics, modern molecular techniques, and phenotyping technologies.
Before you begin your application, we recommend reviewing the following to form an idea of your areas for potential research and education.