UNTRM launches the first Doctoral Program in Plant Genetics and Breeding in Peru, as well as one of the first master programs in this area
Peru is one of the countries that hosts a great diversity of plants worldwide; the National University Toribio Rodriguez de Mendoza of Amazonas (UNTRM) has a leading vision in the training of the plant scientists new generation along with cutting-edge research; therefore, UNTRM decided to create the first Doctoral and Master Program in Genetics and Plant Breeding in Peru.
UNTRM, along with the Graduate School and the Faculty of Engineering and Agricultural Sciences, successfully opened today the Doctoral and Master Program in Genetics and Plant Breeding, which attempts the training and specialization of competitive professionals in research fields of (i) Functional Genomics, (ii) Plant Biotechnology, (iii) Genetics and Evolutionary Biology, (iv) Quantitative Genetics, and (v) Precision Agriculture.
Through this initiative, UNTRM became the first university in the country to offer a Doctoral program in Plant Genetics and Plant Breeding and a Master's program in the same specialty. This initiative represents an essential advance in higher education in the country, contributing to the development of plant research in genetics, a priority area for improving agricultural productivity and addressing food and environmental challenges.
This specialization program has a staff of RENACYT professors from U.S. universities (University of Wisconsin - Madison, NCSU - North Carolina University, Purdue University, University of Minnesota, UC-Davis) and from universities with which UNTRM has agreements to strengthen the training of master and doctoral students, such as Kore National University, Sao Paulo University and the Austrian Institute of Science and Technology. This program also has access to the UNTRM's computer server to process a high volume of data focused on high scientific information (publications plus participation in national and international congresses). In addition, the program is supported by well-equipped genetics and plant breeding laboratories, greenhouses, and experimental fields.