Fall. 2 credits. Prerequisite: PL BR 403 or equivalent (may be taken concurrently). T R 1:25-4:15.
Field trips to plant breeding programs involve discussion of breeding methods used, overall goals, selection and screening techniques, and variety and germ plasm release. Additional labs include use of computers in plant breeding research and selection techniques for disease resistance. For a term project each student designs a comprehensive breeding program on a chosen crop. Link to pictures from Geneva field trip.
PL BR 716 Perspectives In Plant Breeding Strategies
Spring-odd years. 3 credits. S-U grades optional. Prerequisite: PL BR 403. W 3:35-5:15, F 3:35-5:15. Emphasis is on discussion and evaluation of selected benchmark papers and current literature. Selection techniques and breeding objectives, methods, and strategies for both self- and cross-pollinated crops are reviewed and discussed. Extensive outside reading is required. Grades are based on 4 short essays.