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Information and registration Course fee


The course fee of € 15.995,- covers tuition, course

Registration closes at December 1st, 2013. After this date,

materials, coffee/tea and lunches. Course fee does not

you will receive additional information about the course.

cover diner and hotel accommodations. Overnight stays

A maximum of 20 participants can take part in this

can be booked optionally but are charged additionally. No


financial assistance is available. Terms and conditions Cancellation

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(University & Research centre) apply to all activities of

between 4 and 2 weeks before start of the course, will

Wageningen Academy. In addition, Wageningen

result in an € 50.- invoice for administrative costs.

Academy applies additional terms and conditions.

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number of sessions


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Wageningen Academy will not accept any legal liability for loss of life or property or illness during the course. Participants must arrange adequate insurance.

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Registration Wageningen Academy Wageningen UR

Monique Tulp

PO.Box 226

T +31 317 48 22 98

6700 AE Wageningen


The Netherlands T +31 317 48 40 93 E I

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

Target group

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 ( 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

Course leader


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.

Plant breeding course 2014 2015 lr  
Plant breeding course 2014 2015 lr