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Plant Breeding International postgraduate course Wageningen Academy
Wageningen, the Netherlands 6 week sessions in 2014 and 2015
Programme Session 1 January 20 – 24, 2014
Session 4 January 19 - 23, 2015
Theme: Plant breeding and selection I: basic principles and simple traits. • Introduction to the course • Breeding objectives • Genetic diversity and domestication • Applied genetics • Breeding of autogamous and allogamous crops • Breeding of asexually propagated crops • Breeding of hybrid cultivars • Various selection methods (including recurrent selection)
Theme: Breeding for Resistance and Quality Resistance to biotic factors Qualitative and quantitative aspects of resistance Mechanisms of resistance The way towards resistant cultivars • Resistance to abiotic stress factors − Plant abiotic stress response − Traits for abiotic stress breeding − Biotech & genomics tools for abiotic stress breeding
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Special case: Plant breeding all over the world, with reports made by participants
A course in professional plant breeding
The international plant breeding sector is facing the challenge to secure sufficient supply of academically trained plant breeders for the coming decade. The number of graduates with a specialization in plant breeding has decreased in the last decade. High
This course is intended for professionals with a Bachelor or Master degree, who are working in the field of plant breeding and who need more theoretical background on plant breeding. More specifically, the course is designed for: •
(e.g. biology, agriculture, horticulture), working in
potentials with a degree in (other) life sciences have been welcomed in the breeding industry. Consequently, there is a high demand for additional academic training. The
plant breeding or related research. •
breeding, who need more theoretical background
upgrade their knowledge in parallel with their current
Outline of the course
This course covers all theoretical and some practical subjects that are necessary for managing a professional breeding programme. It includes both basic and more complex breeding and selection methods. Also, new technological developments and their application in breeding programmes are part of the curriculum. The course consists of 6 sessions of 1 week in the period January 2014 until October 2015. In between sessions,
Theme: Plant breeding and selection II: more complex methods and quantitative traits • Mutation breeding and ploidy manipulation • Assessment of variation: data collection • More complex selection methods • Molecular markers: Linkage analysis • Marker assisted breeding • Quantitative inheritance • QTL analysis Special case: Molecular markers: application in working lecture using software packages.
three to five years experience in practical plant
enables professional plant breeders and researchers to
the professional experience of plant breeders worldwide.
Professionals with a Bachelor degree of Applied Science (e.g. HBO, polytechnics) and at least
International Postgraduate Course Plant Breeding now
career. This course aims to add academic knowledge to
Professionals with a Master degree in life science
Session 2 March 17 – 21, 2014
for further professional development. •
Professionals with long-term experience and a professional education in plant breeding, who want to refresh and update their knowledge on plant breeding and new technological developments.
Participants are expected to have basic knowledge on genetics, plant physiology and statistics at BSc. level.
Additional master programme
Following on the International Postgraduate Course Plant
participants are expected to perform self-study and work
Breeding, it is possible to continue with the MSc Plant
on specific assignments. After completing the course,
Sciences, specialization Plant Breeding and Genetic
participants will receive a certificate.
Resources (http://www.mps.wur.nl/UK). Based on successful completion of the postgraduate course, there will be an exam for each session. Exemptions for parts of the MSc-curriculum can be granted on an individual basis.
Session 3 October 6 - 10, 2014 Theme: Quantitative aspects of plant breeding • Statistics • Design and analysis of plant breeding traits • Multi-environment trials and Genotype x Environmental Interactions • Bioinformatics: database use and bioinformatics tools for plant breeding • Bioinformatics: DNA sequence analysis • Omics technologies in plant breeding
Breeding for quality aspects Impact of breeding in the quality of food-crops Targeted breeding of biobased crops Metabolic engineering and breeding in ornamentals
Special case: Breeding for quality, biotic and abiotic stress resistance
Session 5 March 23 – 27, 2015 Theme: Biotechnology, including seed technology and GMOs • Genetic modification • Novel breeding technologies • Intellectual property rights (patents, PBR and EDV) • Maintenance, propagation and seed production • Seed technology • Societal context of Plant Breeding Special case: Intellectual property rights, incl. variety protection and breeders rights
Session 6 October 12 - 16, 2015 Theme: Integrating all knowledge to design a breeding programme • Design and management of a breeding programme, group assignment with case studies in different crops
Special case: Data analysis using different software packages
breeding at Wageningen University, part of Wageningen
UR Plant Breeding and other chair groups of Wageningen
UR and head of Wageningen UR Plant Breeding.
Prof.dr. R.G.F. Visser is leading instructor in plant
Specific subjects will be taught by staff of Wageningen
Dr. C.W.B. Bachem, dr. A.B. Bonnema, dr. H.J. van Eck, dr. H.J. Finkers, dr. A.W. van Heusden, dr. C.G. van der Linden, dr. C.A. Maliepaard, dr. R.E. Niks, dr. L.M. Trindade, prof. R.G.F. Visser and dr. V.G.A.A. Vleeshouwers.