PBR-36303 New Trends in Plant Breeding


Credits 3.00

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

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

PBR22803 Principles of Plant Breeding (online) or PBR22303 Plant Breeding; PBR31802 Breeding for Quality (online) and PBR Breeding for Abiotic Stress Tolerance (online) or PBR30306 Breeding for Stress Tolerance and Quality; PBR 32802 Breeding for Resistance (online) or another course dealing with plant-pathogen interactions; PBR23803 Plant Biotechnology (online) or GEN20806 Plant Biotechnology; PBR36804 Markers in Quantitative Genetics and Plant Breeding (online) or PBR21803 Pre-Breeding; and PBR34803 Experimental Design and Data Analysis of Breeding Trials (online).
It is necessary to have followed an online course at Wageningen University before, or the special Onboarding course for  online learning. To get access to the Onboarding course, send an email to: onboarding.wur@wur.nl.

Continuation courses:

MSc Thesis Plant Breeding


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 end 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.


- 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.


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 exam mark needs to be at least 5.0 to pass. The assignment on a scientific research paper accounts for 5% of the mark. The case study accounts for 10% of the mark.


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

Compulsory for: MPSDLSpec. Plant Breeding DLMSc6DL