Distance Learning starts in January 2018.
This fourteen week distance learning module is designed to give those with an interest in plant breeding a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to bring a variety from a concept to market. Featured crops include: beans, peas, oats, ryegrass, clover and energy crops. We will consider all aspects of what makes a commercial plant breeding program successful. Real datasets will demonstrate the challenges a breeder faces when making selections. Students will undertake case studies to look in depth at the process of breeding a crop of their choice.
Topics covered will include:
- Plant reproductive biology
- Control of pollination and uses in breeding
- Breeding systems for self and cross-pollinated plant species
- 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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