Plant Biotechnology and Breeding International Network


Plant Breeding and Biotechnology (Plant B+B) is creating a robust plant biotechnology and breeding network to foster and contribute to the advancement of global scientific knowledge and unite international institutions’ expertise.

“Plant Biotechnology and Breeding and (Plant B+B)” is a network established to foster and contribute to the advancement of global scientific knowledge and unite international institutions’ expertise. Our platform is composed by biotechnologists, geneticists, bioinformaticians, breeders, economists, journalists, experts on bio-regulatory affairs, and philosophers. Plant B+B intends to unite human capacity, expertise and resources for education, research and outreach in the field of plant biotechnology and breeding. The Plant B+B network will work towards

  • Stimulating dialogue and knowledge exchange regarding the most recent biotechnology developments, molecular innovations and breeding tools among our partners and policymakers;
  • Strengthening the scientific and technical capabilities of our partners and diverse stakeholders;
  • Increasing awareness among stakeholders and policymakers about the use of biotechnology and advanced breeding-tools for developing innovations to achieve sustainable agricultural models.

Through the interactions that shall emerge, the Plant B&B partners will actively approach the international community of donors to develop joint research and educational projects.;These will sustain activities in the future to transform this consortium into a global excellence network for the advancement of plant biotechnology and breeding. The consortium will evolve into a functional network coordinating and sharing human and physical state-of-the-art resources to support plant biotechnology and breeding.


UGent partners

  • Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
  • Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
  • Faculty of Law and Criminology
  • Faculty of Political Sciences
  • Faculty of Sciences (including VIB-Plant Systems Biology and IPBO)
  • Africa platform (GAP)
  • ASEAN plus
  • China platform
  • CESAM platform
  • Tri-Continental (3C) Partnership

International Partner organisations

  • Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  • Cornell University, USA
  • Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR), Ethiopia
  • Huazhong Agricultural University, China
  • International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Morocco
  • International Crops Research Institute for the semi-arid tropics (ICRISAT)
  • International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Kenya
  • International Maize and Wheat Improving Centre (CIMMYT), Mexico
  • International Potato Center (CIP), Kenya
  • International Service for the acquisition of AGri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), Kenya
  • Iowa State University, USA
  • John Innes Centre, UK
  • Kenyatta University, Kenya
  • KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Michigan State University, USA
  • National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), Uganda
  • North West University, South Africa
  • Regional Universities Forum for capacity building in agriculture (RUFORUM), Uganda
  • The Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA), Brazil
  • University Joseph KI-ZERBO, Burkina Faso
  • Wageningen University and Research (WUR), Netherlands