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Advanced Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources

This course will provide the students with relevant knowledge on plant breeding in general and more specific, essential breeding methods including modern breeding technologies. The ability to perform breeding activities independently is trained under the course. Students will also gain necessary knowledge for participation in discussions concerning means and goals of plant breeding related to food production in a changing climate.

Dear all,

Welcome to participate in the course! There are no fixed course books that you need to buy, so the course literature will be minaly lectures that you will get and online research articles. The tentative time schedule is available on this website and minor modifications may be made later on after having responese from all teachers. The study visits will likely be physical as it looks like now.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Best regards,

Li-Hua Zhu

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Additional course evaluations for BI1345

Academic year 2021/2022

Advanced Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources (BI1345-M2058) 2021-11-02 - 2022-01-16

Academic year 2020/2021

Advanced Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources (BI1345-20082) 2020-11-02 - 2021-01-17

Academic year 2019/2020

Advanced Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources (BI1345-20046) 2019-11-01 - 2020-01-19

BI1345 Advanced Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources, 15.0 Credits

Advanced Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources

Syllabus approved



Biology Horticultural science

Education cycle

Master’s level

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses 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 120 credits, including 60 credits in Biology or 60 credits in Horticultural Science and English 6.


On completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- use genetic theory and practices to design a breeding strategy for a given species
- understand the role of genetic resources in plant breeding
- evaluate and utilize genetic resources for a given species
- apply modern technology to plant breeding.


The course content consists of the following main items:
- Importance of genetic resources and plant breeding for sustainable and successful plant growing.
- Genetic variation and gene erosion in horticultural plant species.
- Collections and international aspects of genetic resources.
- Biotechnological tools and their use in plant breeding.
- DNA markers and their use in plant breeding.
- Case studies on e.g. disease resistance or product quality and how these characteristics can be genetically altered and improved. Case studies are reported in writing and orally.
- Excursions to institutes or companies involved in plant breeding.

Scheduled practicals, seminars and study visits are compulsory.

Formats and requirements for examination

The examination consists of written reports and oral presentations. To pass the course, approved written reports, pass in the oral presentations and approved participation in compulsory components are required.
  • 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.

Responsible department

Department of Plant Breeding

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Biology field: Botanik (växtbiologi)
Replaces: BI0901, BI1057
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Horticultural Science - Master´s Programme Horticultural Science Programme Plant Biology for Sustainable Production - Master´s programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Biology Horticultural science
Course code: BI1345 Application code: SLU-20058 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Plant Breeding Pace: 100%