PBR-36303 New Trends in Plant Breeding (online)

Course

Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Knowledge clip0
Individual Paper0
Tutorial0
Independent study0
Distance group work0
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. JC Goud
Lecturer(s)dr. CWB Bachem
drs. HJ van de Zedde
dr. CCM van de Wiel
dr. HJ Schouten
OE Scholten
dr. ing. JG Schaart
dr. CG van der Linden
prof. dr. E Lammerts van Bueren
dr. ir. HJ van Eck
dr. ir. CA Maliepaard
dr. ir. JC Goud
Examiner(s)dr. ir. JC Goud

Language of instruction:

English

Assumed knowledge on:

PBR22803 Principles of Plant Breeding, PBR31802 Breeding for Quality, PBR Breeding for Abiotic Stress Tolerance, PBR 32802 Breeding for Resistance or an other course dealing with plant-pathogen interactions, PBR23803 Plant Biotechnology, PBR36804 Markers in Quantitative Genetics and Plant Breeding, PBR34803 Experimental design and data analysis of breeding trials.

It is necessary to have followed an online course at Wageningen University before, or the special Onboarding course for distance learning. To get access to the Onboarding course, send an email to: onboarding.wur@wur.nl.

Continuation courses:

MSc Thesis Plant Breeding

Contents:

Note: This course is offered online and it takes about 20 hours to complete the weekly task. There are assignments with deadlines and non-synchronous interaction with teachers and fellow students. An online exam is offered at the last Friday of the course.
Note: This online course can also be followed by on-campus students after consultation of the course coordinator.


This course aims at preparing students for a career in plant breeding industry or in science. Subjects treated are at a higher integration level, not only taking into account plant breeding aspects, but regarding all aspects involved, such as environmental issues, products and chain issues, climate change, limiting resources and participatory approaches. Subjects treated include new trends and technologies in plant breeding, bio-based economy, climate resilience, new crops, alternative cropping systems, breeding for low-input cropping systems, breeding for symbiosis between plants and micro-organisms, phenotyping, genome-wide association mapping (GWAS) and genomic selection.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- evaluate the challenges of the bio-based economy from the breeding perspective;
- assess morphological and physiological components relevant for the breeding 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 novel breeding techniques;
- evaluate possibilities of breeding for symbiosis between plants and micro-organisms;
- apply a genome-wide association study;
- apply genomic selection.

Activities:

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

Examination:

The exam is an online remotely proctored exam, where the student should provide a suitable computer and room. The exam accounts for 85% of the mark. The assignment on a scientific research paper accounts for 5% of the mark. The case study accounts for 10% of the mark.

Literature:

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

ProgrammePhaseSpecializationPeriod
Compulsory for: MPSPlant SciencesMScF: Plant Breeding6DL