• Mentorship programs in breeding and analysis​

• Post- graduate (PhD) assistance & promotion​​

• Courses in Breeding​

Upcoming course

2020 course announcement coming soon

Some comments by attendees:

2015: “The diversity of people was very interesting. I met a lot of people and your ideas inspired me. And I enjoyed the wine on Wednesday.”

2015: “Would you recommend the course?: Definitely. Well done on an excellent course! Very relevant and comprehensive. Looking forward to the next one.

2015: “Would you recommend the course?: Definitely. I would highly recommend this course to everyone who needs to know something about breeding. Very intellectually stimulating and well presented.”

2015: “Extremely helpful for my day to day work. A well rounded course that packs a lot into a very short space of time.

2017: “My initial understanding of quantitative genetics has been broadened”

2017: “Breeding Strategies was a highlight for me”

2017: “It was a very informative course, more especially for foresters”

2017: “Course was good, guest lecturers as well. But mostly you give good lectures always capturing our attention. I liked how the course progressed and how it was structured.”

2019: “The training was very informative especially with the current changing climate. There is a possibility of breeding varieties that can adapt to the rapidly changing climate.”

2019: “The course was amazing and very informative.”

2019: ”The course is very informative and will go a long way in improving Tree Improvement strategies within the continent.”

2019: “It is a good course, I will advise everyone who is in forestry to do it.”

2019: “ All aspects of tree breeding were well linked.  However, it was a lot to take in in one week but it is an excellent course.”

2019: “This course gives a broad ideas of study topics to understand better, especially fields that are not your speciality.”

2019: “Steve thanks for listening to all our comments without making us feel inferior and thanks for answering all our questions.”

2019: “The course was good and understandable.”

2019: “Field course: Excellent.  Could see different stages of pollen & how to handle the pollen.”

2019: “Field course: Thank you to the team for sharing your knowledge with us. I learned a lot. It was very interesting.”

2019: “Field course: Recommended for researchers especially at the earliest stages of employment.”

2019: “Field course: Overall a very informative course.”

Some of the courses presented include:​
i. 2017-
Verryn, S. D. (ed.) (2017). An Introduction to Modern Tree Breeding.
Pretoria, Creation Breeding Innovations. ​

ii. 2015-
Verryn, S., V. Grzeskowiak, et al. (2015). An Introduction to Modern Tree
Breeding. Pretoria, Creation Breeding Innovations.​

iii. 2005-
Hettasch, M.H., Lunt, K.A., Pierce, B.T., Snedden, C.L., Steyn, D.J.,
Venter, H.M. and Verryn, S.D.2005. Tree Improvement Course For Managers,
presented in Australia. ​

iv. 2005- Hettasch,
M.H., Lunt, K.A., Pierce, B.T., Snedden, C.L., Steyn, D.J., Venter, H.M. and
Verryn, S.D.2005. Tree Breeding Short Course.​

v. 2004 – M. H.
Hettasch, C. L. Snedden, Lunt K., B. T. Pierce, and S. D. Verryn 2004.
Practical Data Analysis Tools for Tree Breeders Manual., Pretoria, South
Africa: Environmentek, CSIR. (South Africa)​

vi. 2003 – M. H.
Hettasch, C. L. Snedden, Lunt K., B. T. Pierce, and S. D. Verryn 2003.
Practical Data Analysis Tools for Tree Breeders Manual., Pretoria, South
Africa: Environmentek, CSIR. (Portugal)​

vii. 2001 – Verryn,
S. D., Hettasch, M. H., and Pierce, B. T. 2001. Tree Breeding Techniques
Course Manual. In: CSIR, Pretoria. ​

viii. 1991 to 2000 –
Verryn, S. D., Hettasch, M. H., Pierce, B. T., Snedden, C. L., and Steyn, D.
J. 2000. Specialist Eucalypt Breeding Techniques Course Manual. CSIR,
Pretoria.​(This series of courses in tree breeding has attracted over 100
participants from a total of over 30 different countries since 1991.) ​

ix. 1996 – Verryn,
S. D. 22-1-1996. Introduction to Best Linear Prediction (BLP). CSIR,
Pretoria. 98pp.​