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Advanced Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources

The course will provide the students with general knowledge necessary for participation in the debate concerning means and goals in breeding of plants for production of crop cultivars, as well as a general overview of modern trends in plant breeding.

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Academic year 2022/2023

Advanced Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources (BI1407-20084)

2022-11-01 - 2023-01-15


BI1407 Advanced Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources, 15.0 Credits

Avancerad växtförädling och genetiska resurser


Biology Biology Horticultural Science

Education cycle

Master’s level

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 120 credits, including 45 credits in Biology or 45 credits in Horticultural Science or 45 credits in Technology and English 6.


On completion of the course, the student will be able to:

- understand the role of genetic resources in plant breeding

- evaluate and utilize genetic resources for a given species

- understand issues about intellectual property and freedom of operation of plant genetic resources

- discuss the potential of modern breeding tools in plant breeding for achieving sustainable agriculture

- apply modern technologies independently in plant breeding

- use genetic theory to design a breeding strategy for a given species.


The course content consists of the following main items:

- Importance of genetic resources and plant breeding for sustainable plant production

- Genetic variation and gene erosion in horticultural plant species

- Collections and international aspects of genetic resources and freedom of operation of plant materials

- Modern breeding technologies and their uses in plant breeding

- Project design e.g. improving disease resistance or product quality by using different modern breeding methods. Designed projects are reported in writing and orally

- Excursions to institutes or companies involved in plant breeding

- Laboratory practicals

- Seminars on literature study, laboratory practicals and designed project will provide students with opportunities to discuss pros and cons of various breeding methods.

Scheduled lab 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, passed in the oral presentations and approved 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: Genetik
Replaces: BI0901, BI1057, BI1345

Grading criteria

There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

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 Biology Horticultural Science
Course code: BI1407 Application code: SLU-20053 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Plant Breeding Pace: 100%