Genomics-based plant breeding for climate adaptation, 5 ECTS

Last changed: 28 October 2022

Time: 22-27 January, 2023. Location: Trolltun Gjestegård, Dombås, Norway

Course description

The course will provide PhD students with theoretical background and practical examples of using plant breeding methods to adapt plant material to changing climate conditions. The main focus will be on abiotic stress tolerance - and how knowledge on stress responses and tolerance mechanisms can be used to breed new crop plants with improved climate adaptation. In addition to giving examples of conventional breeding and selection methods, the course will provide insight into new methods like marker-based breeding, genomic selection, genome editing, speed breeding and sensor-based phenotyping methods as tools to achieve plants with improved stress tolerance. The overall goal is to support the development of sustainable food production systems in the Nordic countries.

Teaching methods:

The course will include a mix of lectures given by teachers and student presentations on assigned topics that cover the course curriculum.

Home assignments:

Students will earn their credits by preparing and holding a lecture on their assigned topic as well as presenting a poster on their thesis project.

Prerequisite knowledge

The course is intended for PhD students with basic knowledge of plant breeding and genetics, crop science and biotechnology. Students with plant breeding related research in their PhD project will get priority. If place allows, master students with relevant thesis research will also be admitted.

Course organizer:

Morten Lillemo, NMBU

Participating NOVA teachers:

Teemu Teeri, Helsinki University

Mahbubjon Rahmatov, SLU

Ramesh Vetukuri, SLU

Hrannar Smári Hilmarsson, LBHÍ

Sahameh Shafiee, NMBU

Tomasz Mroz, NMBU

Course registration:

Deadline December 1, 2022

Some more practical details: NOVA Plant Breeding Dombås 2023 - practical information.pdf

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