PBR-30806 Design of Plant Breeding Programmes


Studiepunten 6.00

Group work6
Excursion (one day)8
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. AB Bonnema
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. HJ van Eck
dr. ir. AB Bonnema
dr. AF van Peer
OE Scholten
dr. ir. CA Maliepaard
dr. PFP Arens
dr. ir. RE Niks
Examiner(s)dr. ir. AB Bonnema

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

PBR-21803 Pre Breeding and PBR-22303 Plant Breeding and PBR-30306 Breeding for Stress Tolerance and Quality. If you did only follow two of these three courses, please contact the course coordinator.


Note: This course can not be combined in an individual programme with PBR-30806 Design of Plant Breeding Programmes.

Note: This course can not be combined in an individual programme with YPS-60315 Plant Breeding Design Cluster and/or PBR-35803 Design of Plant Breeding Programmes.

This course builds on PBR-21803 Pre Breeding and PBR-22303 Plant Breeding, and on Breeding for Stress Tolerance and Quality (PBR-30306) and is part of the core of the specialization Plant Breeding and Biodiversity. It consists of lectures, an excursion to two breeding companies, a group assignment to design a breeding program and plenary presentations of proposals and breeding programs by students.
In short, the overarching teaching goal is to improve your skill to take design decisions, and to justify and evaluate these in a systematic manner.
In the theoretical part several topics are presented and discussed that are typical for the choices a breeder has to make, like choice of parents, type and size of populations, change in allele frequencies by selection, effect of crop type on breeding program, etc. In addition the practice of some breeding programs of important crops as representatives of different crop types are presented and discussed.
Students will evaluate aspects of breeding programs by filling out a matrix and use this to choose a crop. In the group assignment a small group of students will design a breeding program for the chosen crop. To this end detailed theoretical and practical aspects of plant breeding are taken into account and combined with some economic, social and environmental aspects. The designed breeding program is presented orally and in a report.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- integrate theoretical and practical knowledge in a design study for a breeding program;
- understand structure and connections between breeding methods, techniques and breeding goals;
- select parameters (parental choice, breeding strategy, population genetics, selection methods, traits of interest) that are crucial for successful practical breeding;
- reflect on breeding methods and their presuppositions; question, adjust and estimate their implications;
- set up a breeding program for a specific crop (all along the chain from defining the specific breeding goal(s) until marketing the newly developed variety);
- justify the choices made in the breeding program;
- generate both a written work plan and final report of the breeding program;
- present the work plan and final breeding plan plenary.


- lectures;
- self-study;
- group assignment to design a breeding program;
- oral presentations;
- excursion to 1 or 2 breeding companies.


The final mark will consist of the following elements:
- evaluation of the matrix with motivation crop choice 10% (individual);
- quality of the proposal (15%);
- quality of the report (45%);
- quality of the final presentation and discussions 10%;
- judgement of the tutor on the group work 5%;
- oral examination on group assignment (breeding program)15% (individual assessment).


PowerPoint presentations and additional documentation will be available at the start of the course and in Brightspace.

Keuze voor: MPSPlant SciencesMScD: Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources6WD