Theresa Fultona & Robert Koebnerb
aCornell University, bCropGen International, UK
This course is a self-guided exploration of breeding theory and methods. The content is geared towards scientists and students with some background in biology, genetics, molecular markers and plant breeding. Additional resources are provided throughout the course to assist those with limited background knowledge.
Plant Breeding Concepts & Methods
- Introduction and historical development of plant breeding
- Principles of inheritance
- Genotypic variation
- Other forms of heritable variation
- Quantitative variation and heritability
- Novel sources of genetic variation
- The practice of plant breeding
- Breeding methods: self-pollinators, cross-pollinators, polyploids, etc.
- Plant breeders' rights
- New technologies for plant breeding
- Glossary of terms commonly used in plant breeding
The course is available for download (Winzip Version 17.0, 2.32MB) to run from computers without internet access. Download the attachment 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 the material.
Funding & Acknowledgements
The Integrated Breeding Platform (IBP) is jointly funded by: the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the European Commission, United Kingdom's Department for International Development, CGIAR, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and the CGIAR Fund Council. Coordinated by the Generation Challenge Program the Integrated Breeding Platform represents a diverse group of partners; including CGIAR Centers, national agricultural research institutes, and universities.
Peer review was provided by the Cornell University Plant Breeding department, Dr. R. Summers, RAGT Seeds, Cambridge, UK, and Robert Koebner.
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