PBR-36303 New Trends in Plant Breeding (DL)


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper
Independent study
Distance Knowledge clip
Distance Tutorial
Distance group work
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. JC Goud
Lecturer(s)dr. VGAA Vleeshouwers
dr. ir. LM Trindade
prof. dr. E Lammerts van Bueren
OE Scholten
dr. EN van Loo
dr. CG van der Linden
Examiner(s)dr. ir. JC Goud

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Principles of Plant Breeding, Breeding for Quality, Breeding for Tolerance, Breeding for Resistance, Plant Pathology.


NOTE: this course is taught specifically for the students in Distance Learning Specialization and is not available in academic year 2015/2016 for the on-Campus students. Self-registration for this course is not possible.
This course aims at preparing students for a career in plant breeding industry or in science. Subjects treated are at a higher integrational level, not only taking into account plant breeding aspects, but regarding all aspects involved, such as environmental issues, products and chain issues, climate change and limiting resources. Subjects treated include new trends and technologies in plant breeding, such as effector-based plant breeding, bio-based economy, climate resilience, new crops, alternative cropping systems, breeding for low-input cropping systems, and breeding for symbiosis between plants and micro-organisms.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- apply effector-based plant breeding for the selection of cultivars with resistance to plant pathogens- - evaluate the challenges of the bio-based economy from the breeding perspectie;
- assess morphological and physiological components relevant for the breeding of climate resilient plants;
- design breeding programs on alternative cropping systems, such as mixed cropping systems and low-input cropping systems;
- evaluate breeding possibilities in new crops;
- evaluate possibilities of breeding for symbiosis between plants and micro-organisms.


- watch knowledge clips ;
- read articles;
- hand-in assignments;
- read scientific literature;
- case study on novel breeding strategies, either focused on scientific research or on implementation in a commercial breeding program.


Final mark will be based on written or online exam, group assignment and individual paper. Further details to be announced.


Available through the course website. In addition, students need to search for relevant literature as part of the case study.

Compulsory for: MPSPlant SciencesMScF: Plant Breeding6DL