This module is designed to give those with an interest in plant breeding a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to bring a variety from a concept to market. Featured crops include: beans, peas, oats, ryegrass, clover and energy crops. We will consider all aspects of what makes a commercial plant breeding program successful. Real datasets will demonstrate the challenges a breeder faces when making selections. Students will undertake case studies to look in depth at the process of breeding a crop of their choice.
The module is delivered by Aberystwyth University, entirely online through distance learning.
Jan to April 2018
Graduate level or relevant experience
Our distance learning modules are designed to be flexible and most of our students work full time at the same time as studying for 10 to 15 per week, for each 20 credit module. Blocks of modules are delivered with start dates in January, May and September, with most modules offered once each year.
Sarah Watson Jones
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the principles of plant breeding, and the relationship between plant reproductive biology and commercial opportunity for varieties.
2. Compare and contrast the way varieties are produced in crop species that differ in reproductive biology.
3. Analyse a progeny trait dataset and explain the decision making process for progeny selection in a composite variety.
4. Appraise the plant variety commercialisation pathway in the UK.
5. Critically evaluate an existing breeding system or present a rationalized plan for commencement of a new breeding system.
AgriFood Training Partnership
The University of Reading
PO Box 226, Whiteknights
Reading RG6 6AP
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