Introductory lectures: Propagation systems and introduction to seed business – 2 credits
This module introduces the Master’s program. There is a global demand for higher yield and higher quality varieties as well as resistance to biotic and abiotic stress. Professionals from seed companies, nurseries and processing industries will use examples to justify a market-based approach in defining breeding needs. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of an integrated approach in terms of production.
Module 1: Plant reproduction systems – 2 credits
The different reproductive systems will be reviewed in courses 1-3 with a special focus on both creation and seed or vegetative propagation.
Module 2: Plant genetics – 2 credits
This module will review the fundamentals of plant genetics.
Module 3: Genetic resources and diversity – 5 credits
As a prerequisite to any breeding project, genetic diversity should be evaluated properly using the most suitable tools and core collections should be developed. These concepts will be defined using examples.
Module 4: Breeding strategies and methods – 7 credits
Based on the specific characteristics of species, available germplasm and objectives, we will present the design and development of a suitable strategy for breeding and methods. Practical examples of breeding projects for yield, quality, and resistance to biotic and abiotic stress will be outlined by professionals.
Module 5: Phenotyping theory and practice – 5 credits
Phenotyping is often a time-consuming and expensive bottleneck in breeding. Transfer from controlled environments to the field can be complex. We will also present new non-destructive techniques that have recently been developed. The module closes with an introduction to databases and data analysis.
Module 6: Population and Quantitative genetics – 6 credits
After introducing basic quantitative genetics and statistics, we will introduce markers and applications for breeding and selection from crop samples with professionals. The specific issue of polyploid species will be presented using examples (auto vs. allopolyploids, aneupoloids).
Module 7: Intellectual property principles and rationale – 2 credits
Module 8: Regulation guidelines – 2 credits