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Plant Breeding

Plant Breeding

Release Date: 5th February 2020


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.

Content

  •  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

Tutors

Tutors Name
Dr Peter Wootton-Beard

Testimonials

Molly Allen

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

Downloadable Resources

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