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Genetic diversity and plant breeding

The course covers topics such as evolution, domestication, systematics, and influence of various environmental factors. Genetic and molecular genetic practices together with breeding strategies are other important elements. International aspects and various regulations will be discussed.

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Additional course evaluations for BI1103

Academic year 2021/2022

Genetic diversity and plant breeding (BI1103-M2036)

2021-11-02 - 2022-01-16

Academic year 2020/2021

Genetic diversity and plant breeding (BI1103-20019)

2020-11-02 - 2021-01-17

Academic year 2019/2020

Genetic diversity and plant breeding (BI1103-20118)

2019-11-01 - 2020-01-19

Academic year 2018/2019

Genetic diversity and plant breeding (BI1103-20095)

2018-11-06 - 2019-01-20

Academic year 2017/2018

Genetic diversity and plant breeding (BI1103-20003)

2017-10-31 - 2018-01-14

Academic year 2016/2017

Genetic diversity and plant breeding (BI1103-20019)

2016-11-01 - 2017-01-15

Academic year 2015/2016

Genetic diversity and plant breeding (BI1103-20022)

2015-10-31 - 2016-01-17

Academic year 2014/2015

Genetic diversity and plant breeding (BI1103-20147)

2014-11-10 - 2015-01-18

Academic year 2013/2014

Genetic diversity and plant breeding (BI1103-20049)

2013-11-11 - 2014-01-19

Academic year 2012/2013

Genetic diversity and plant breeding (BI1103-20028)

2012-11-12 - 2013-01-20

Academic year 2011/2012

Genetic diversity and plant breeding (BI1103-20063)

2011-11-07 - 2012-01-15

Academic year 2010/2011

Genetic diversity and plant breeding (BI1103-20116)

2010-11-08 - 2011-01-16


BI1103 Genetic diversity and plant breeding, 15.0 Credits

Genetic diversity and plant breeding



Education cycle

Master’s level


Title Credits Code
Literature project 5.0 0303
Written examination 5.0 0304
Laboratory practicals 5.0 0302

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to 180 credits including 90 credits Biology and English B from upper secondary school or equivalent.

As an alternative to the above, equivalent to 120 credits including 60 credits Biology of which at least 5 credits Genetics and at least 5 credits Plant Biology/Plant Physiology must be included. English skills equivalent to English B from upper secondary school.


After completion of the course the student is expected to be able to:

- explain the concept of genetic diversity and how evolutionary processes and domestication affect genetic diversity

- explain concepts of quantitative genetics, breeding methods and regulations for the development of plant varieties

- understand principles of mapping quantitative traits in plant genomes and how to use this as a first step towards the identification of genes controlling phenotypic traits

- broadly explain next generation sequencing technologies and perform basic sequence analyses

- describe different biotechnological applications within plant breeding

- independently search, summarize and interpret literature within the topics covering genetic diversity and/or plant breeding and present this information in writing and orally

- conduct laboratory work to demonstrate genetic diversity at the molecular level, compile the results and write a lab-report


The course deals with issues within evolution, domestication and breeding. More specifically it focuses on different reproductive systems and their breeding strategies, on the use of next generation sequencing technologies to sequence whole genomes and their applications in breeding. Important qualitative and quantitative plant traits will be high-lighted both genetically and phenotypically. Practical exercises are parts of the course including both wet lab, phenotyping of plants and computer exercises. Application of molecular marker systems in selection processes as well as other methods in plant biotechnology constitutes a section of the course besides bioethical aspects. Legislation connected with variety production and the ownership of variety material will be discussed.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed exams, passed presentations, passed lab-report and fulfilled compulsory parts.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

At least 5 credits of genetics and 10 credits of plant biology are recommended.

Responsible department

Department of Plant Biology

Further information

Determined by: UU för ekologi, mark och miljö
Biology field: Genetik
Replaces: BI1103

Grading criteria

There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Litterature list

  1. Principles of Plant Genetics and Breeding, selected chapters Författare: Acquaah George, Blackwell Publishing. Kommentar: See time table for selected chapters
  2. iGenetics. A molecular approach Författare: Russel, Peter J Kommentar: Pearson international edition. Chapter 21, Population genetics, pp: 603-649, this chapter will be available to download from Canvas
  3. Selected articles Kommentar: See time table (published the latest 4 weeks before course start) for literature (articles) connected to each lecture/seminar. PDF-files of the articles will be available to download from Canvas.

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Biology
Course code: BI1103 Application code: SLU-20036 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Plant Biology Pace: 100%