PBR-33803 Germplasm and Seed Technology


Studiepunten 3.00

Knowledge clip0
Individual Paper0
Independent study0
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Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. JC Goud
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. JC Goud
dr. C Kik
dr. ir. HJ van Eck
Examiner(s)dr. ir. JC Goud
dr. ir. HJ van Eck

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Assumed knowledge on:

PBR22803 Principles of Plant Breeding.
PBR36804 Markers in Quantitative Genetics and Plant Breeding.

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:

YPS-60315 Plant Breeding Design Cluster


Note 1: This course can not be combined in an individual programme with PBR-21803 Pre-breeding.

Note 2: This course is offered online and it takes about 20 hours to complete the weekly task. There are assignments with deadlines, group work and non-synchronous interaction with teachers and fellow students. An online exam is offered at the end of the course.

Note 3 : This is an online course, but it can also be followed by on-campus students. Because of overlap between this online course and on-campus courses, it is not possible to combine this course with PBR21803 Pre-breeding in your study program to obtain a minimum amount of credits.

This course introduces students to a number of important aspects of plant breeding, such as the process of domestication, germplasm development and the importance of gene banks. Also, important practical aspects on bringing a cultivar to the market are discussed, such as breeders rights and patents, and the design of seed and plant production programs. Seed physiology and seed quality aspects receive thorough attention, because in many cases the seed is the actual product that is sold by breeding companies.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain the theory of domestication, the gene pool concept, and the process of germplasm development;
- explain the importance of gene banks and explain how they work;
- explain and discuss the principles of breeders rights and patents;
- understand how seed production programs are designed;
- understand seed quality aspects and explain how seed quality can be improved.


- watch knowledge clips;
- hand-in assignments;
- watch DVD/YouTube movie and answer questions;
- interact with peers and supervisors in discussions;
- peer-learning activities;
- read book chapters.


The exam is an online remotely proctored exam, where the student should provide a suitable computer and room. The exam will account for 80% of the final mark; the exam mark needs to be at least 5.0 in order to pass. The mark will be based for 20% on assignments on legislation, a research paper, and peer learning.


Book chapters made available through the WUR-libray:
- Seeds, Physiology of Development, Germination and Dormancy (3rd ed.) J. Derek Bewley, Kent J. Bradford, Henk W.M. Hilhorst and Hiro Nonogaki, 2013. Springer, 392 pp.;
- Principles of plant Genetics and Breeding, (2nd ed.) Acquaah, G, 2012.
DVD, made available through the learning environment: Seed hunter.
Articles made available through the WUR library.

Verplicht voor: MPSDLSpec. Plant Breeding DLMSc1DL