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Principles of Plant Breeding

 Crosslisted with Agronomy. The primary purpose of this course is to expose students to the artistic and scientific pursuit of plant improvement. We draw heavily upon genetics, plant biology, statistics, horticulture, agronomy, biotechnology, and supporting sciences in an effort to present a comprehensive package of the mechanisms, concepts, and philosophy behind plant breeding. We endeavor:

  • To develop an understanding of the biological principles that limit and enhance the improvement of plant populations through breeding.
  • To understand ways in which plants may be manipulated to meet breeding objectives.
  • To understand which breeding methods are optimal for a particular situation.
  • To develop an ability to approach the solution of breeding problems systematically using appropriate principles, procedures and techniques.

The course is developed through lectures, discussions, hand-on experiences, and examples from the literature. 3 cr/spr.

Department: 
Horticulture
Course#: 
501
Course: 
Principles of Plant Breeding
Credits: 
3
Instructor(s): 
Goldman, Irwin
Semester: 
Spr