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.
Additional course evaluations for BI1103
Academic year 2021/2022Genetic diversity and plant breeding (BI1103-20036) 2021-11-02 - 2022-01-16
Academic year 2021/2022Genetic diversity and plant breeding (BI1103-M2036) 2021-11-02 - 2022-01-16
Academic year 2020/2021Genetic diversity and plant breeding (BI1103-20019) 2020-11-02 - 2021-01-17
Academic year 2019/2020Genetic diversity and plant breeding (BI1103-20118) 2019-11-01 - 2020-01-19
Academic year 2018/2019Genetic diversity and plant breeding (BI1103-20095) 2018-11-06 - 2019-01-20
Academic year 2017/2018Genetic diversity and plant breeding (BI1103-20003) 2017-10-31 - 2018-01-14
Academic year 2016/2017Genetic diversity and plant breeding (BI1103-20019) 2016-11-01 - 2017-01-15
Academic year 2015/2016Genetic diversity and plant breeding (BI1103-20022) 2015-10-31 - 2016-01-17
Academic year 2014/2015Genetic diversity and plant breeding (BI1103-20147) 2014-11-10 - 2015-01-18
Academic year 2013/2014Genetic diversity and plant breeding (BI1103-20049) 2013-11-11 - 2014-01-19
Academic year 2012/2013Genetic diversity and plant breeding (BI1103-20028) 2012-11-12 - 2013-01-20
Academic year 2011/2012Genetic diversity and plant breeding (BI1103-20063) 2011-11-07 - 2012-01-15
Academic year 2010/2011Genetic diversity and plant breeding (BI1103-20116) 2010-11-08 - 2011-01-16
BI1103 Genetic diversity and plant breeding, 15.0 CreditsGenetic diversity and plant breeding
Education cycleMaster’s level
Advanced study in the main fieldSecond cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)
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 knowledgeKnowledge 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.
ObjectivesAfter 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
ContentThe 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 examinationPassed 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.
- 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 informationAt least 5 credits of genetics and 10 credits of plant biology are recommended.
Responsible departmentDepartment of Plant Biology
Determined by: Utbildningsutskottet för ekologi, mark och miljö
Biology field: Genetik
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course
The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Agriculture Programme - Soil/Plant (270hec) Agriculture Programme (admission before 1 July 2007) Plant Biology - Master´s Programme Plant Biology for Sustainable Production - Master´s programme Agriculture Programme - Soil/Plant Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: BiologyCourse code: BI1103 Application code: SLU-20061 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Plant Biology Pace: 100%