PBR-32802 Breeding for Resistance


Credits 2.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Knowledge clip0
Individual Paper0
Independent study0
E-learning material0
Course coordinator(s)dr. VGAA Vleeshouwers
Lecturer(s)dr. VGAA Vleeshouwers
Examiner(s)dr. VGAA Vleeshouwers

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

PBR-22803 Principles in Plant Breeding;
PBR-23303 Plant Pathology and Epidemiology.

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:

PBR-36303 New Trends in Plant Breeding (DL);
YPS-60315 Continuous course Plant Breeding.


Note 1: This course has a maximum number of participants. The deadline for registration is one week earlier than usual. See Academic Year. (http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Education-Programmes/Current-Students/Agenda-Calendar-Academic-Year.htm) -> Registration for Courses.

Note 2: This course can not be combined in an individual programme with PBR-30306 breeding for resistance and quality and/or PHP-30806 Molecular Aspects of Bio-interactions

Note 3: The period mentioned below is the period in which this course starts. For the exact academic weeks see the courseplanning on www.wur.eu/schedule.
Note 4: 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 5: This is an online course, but it can also be followed by on-campus students after consultation of the course coordinator.
Note 6: Because of overlap between this online course and on-campus courses, it is not possible to combine this course with PBR30306 Breeding for Stress Tolerance and Quality in your study program to obtain a minimum amount of credits.

Biotic stress factors are among the main limitations for producing high quality and high quantities of vegetal products. Resistance breeding focuses at the use of genetic resources for improving plant defence against these stress factors. Biotic stress factors include pathogens and pests that infect or feed on crop plants. The present course deals with defence mechanisms and strategies that protect host plants against pests and pathogens, inheritance of resistance genes, and durable effectiveness of resistance genes.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain the major characteristics of various resistance traits;
- discuss the various aspects of plant-pathogen interaction using the correct terminology;
- use the knowledge of plant-pathogen interaction to develop breeding strategies for improved and durably effective resistance;
- choose the most appropriate screening and selection methods to develop cultivars with effective resistance to pathogens and pests.


- study the text book on Breeding Crops with Resistance to Diseases and Pests and papers on important pathogens and recent developments;
- make exercises, assignments, and e-learning modules, some corresponding to certain parts of the book and others on line;
- study your favourite pathogen, make assignments and write a paper that is connected to Scientific Writing (YPS60315).


The exam is an online remotely proctored exam, where the student should provide a suitable computer and room. During the course, small quizzes and assignments are graded and can contribute to the final mark.


Purchase textbook before start of the course: Niks RE, Parlevliet JE, Lindhout P, Bai Y (2019) Breeding crops with resistance to diseases and pests. Wageningen Academic Publishers:204pp.

Compulsory for: MPSDLSpec. Plant Breeding DLMSc2DL