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.
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Academic year 2022/2023
2022-11-01 - 2023-01-15
Academic year 2021/2022
2021-11-02 - 2022-01-16
Academic year 2019/2020
2019-11-01 - 2020-01-19
Syllabus and other information
BI1345 Advanced Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources, 15.0 CreditsAdvanced Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources
SubjectsBiology Horticultural Science
Education cycleMaster’s level
Advanced study in the main fieldSecond cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirementsMaster’s level (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 120 credits, including 60 credits in Biology or 60 credits in Horticultural Science and English 6.
ObjectivesOn 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.
ContentThe 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 examinationThe 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 a student has failed an examination, the examiner has the right to issue supplementary assignments. This applies if it is possible and there are grounds to do so.
- The examiner can provide an adapted assessment to students entitled to study support for students with disabilities following a decision by the university. Examiners may also issue an adapted examination or provide an alternative way for the students to take the exam.
- If this syllabus is withdrawn, SLU may introduce transitional provisions for examining students admitted based on this syllabus and 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 submission. Read more in the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
- 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 participate in teaching and/or supervision only applies for the course instance the student was admitted to and registered on.
- If there are special reasons, students are entitled to participate in components with compulsory attendance when the course is given again. Read more in the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Biology field: Botanik (växtbiologi)
Replaces: BI0901, BI1057
The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Biology Horticultural ScienceCourse code: BI1345 Application code: SLU-20082 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Pace: 100%