Plant breeding concepts & methods

The Plant Breeding Concepts & Methods course was developed for the Generation Challenge Programme by Theresa Fulton of Cornell University and Robert Koebner, with special thanks to members of the Cornell University Plant Breeding department and Dr. R. Summers (RAGT Seeds, Cambridge, UK) who reviewed the material and gave helpful suggestions.

It is intended as a self-tutorial or a refresher, or to provide teaching materials to be used in a course. It is geared towards scientists or upper-level students with a good background in biology and an understanding of basic genetics.

It is designed to be complementary to other GCP learning modules, which cover molecular markers, phenotyping, and marker-assisted breeding.

The module is presented in 10 sections:

  1.     Introduction and historical development of plant breeding
  2.     Principles of inheritance
  3.     Genotypic variation
  4.     Other forms of heritable variation
  5.     Quantitative variation and heritability
  6.     Novel sources of genetic variation
  7.     The practice of plant breeding
  8.     Breeding methods (self-pollinators, cross-pollinators, polyploids, etc.)
  9.     Plant Breeders' rights
  10.     New technologies for plant breeding

In addition, a glossary of terms commonly used in plant breeding is included.

To run the material on your computer, download the attachment below (Winzip Version 17.0, 2.32MB) to your computer, unzip it to your chosen folder and click on the file named Index. We recommend a current version of Mozilla Firefox or Chrome for browsing through the material.

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