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Plant Breeding

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Release Date: January 2024 (Runs Alternate Years)

Lead Organisation: IBERS, Aberystwyth University

New crop and forage varieties are key to meeting global challenges

This module is designed to give those with an interest in plant breeding a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to bring a variety from concept to market. Featured crops include: beans, peas, oats, ryegrass, clover and energy crops. We consider all aspects of what makes a commercial plant breeding program successful. Real datasets will demonstrate the challenges a breeder faces when making selections. You will undertake case studies to look in depth at the process of breeding a crop of your choice.


  •  Plant reproductive biology
  •  Control of pollination and uses in breeding
  •  Breeding systems for self and cross-pollinated plant species
  •  Defining breeding objectives
  •  Trait measurement and selection methods
  •  Agricultural experimentation and trial design
  •  Defining breeding objectives
  •  Variety legislation and commercialisation
  •  Marker-assisted and genome wide selection
  •  Utilising diversity, mutant and biotechnology in breeding
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Qualifications which this Module may be Used Towards

PGCert Nuffield Farming Scholarship Option
MSc Sustainable Agriculture Option
MSc Agrifood Innovation Option
MRes Agriculture Option
MSc Sustainable Horticulture Option
MRes Agrifood Innovation Option
Professional Doctorate in Agriculture Option


Tutors Name
Dr Sarah Watson-Jones


Molly Allen

“I will be able to set up a client orientated plant breeding programme involving local researchers and farmers.”

Molly Allen Plant Breeder, Uganda -
Happymark Josephat Pangani

The module is very good, it has covered all aspects of plant production and plant breeding. The support and assistance are excellent. I have developed an understanding of how to take forward my own research on agricultural seed production linked to the geographical area and the needs farmers.

Happymark Josephat Pangani Agricultural Officer, Tanzania -
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Downloadable Resources

Research Proposal Form Brochure