Course code BIO248

BIO248 Plant breeding

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Course responsible: Morten Lillemo
Teachers: Muath Alsheikh-Yousef, Gunnar Klemetsdal, Hans Magnus Gjøen
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2020H
Preferential right:
BSc Plant Sciences bachelor
Course contents:
The course gives an introduction to applied genetics and the most commonly used methods in animal and plant breeding, with emphasis and specialization in plant breeding. The course contains a common part that is taught together with HFA200. This part of the course covers topics that are common to plant and animal breeding: quantitative genetics, heritability and calculation of breeding values based on pedigrees and genomic data. The specializaiton part of the course will give an ind-depth coverage of topics that are specific to plant breeding: Plant breeding methodologies and breeding schemes for cross-pollinating, self-pollinating and clonally propagated crops, hybrid breeding, breeding for disease resistance, climate adaptation and quality, use of molecular markers, genome information, precision phenotyping and biotechnological methods in plant breeding. 
Learning outcome:
The students will obtain a good overview of how genetic variation in combination with various selection methods can be used to create genetic gains in animal and plant breeding. With specializaiton in plant breeding the students will gain the knowledge needed to be able to describe and consider different breeding schemes for cross-pollinating, self-pollinating and clonally propagated crops, breeding of hybrid varieties and how new molecular, biotechnological and statistical tools can be combined with classical breeding methods to develop new plant varieties with improved traits.
Learning activities:
Lectures. Practicals with submission of lab reports. Self-study with written assignments on breeding of a chosen species with oral presentation. 
Teaching support:
Canvas. Discussions during practicals and report writing.
Will be presented at the start of the course
BIO120, Introductory Genetics or similar level
Recommended prerequisites:
STAT100, introductory statistics or similar.
Mandatory activity:
Practicals with written reports, assignments and group discussions.
Evaluation throughout the semester: lab reports (25%), assignment (25%) and 3 hours written eksamen (50%), A-F. All parts must be passed.
Nominal workload:
300 h
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
BIO245 (5 credits)
Type of course:

Lectures: ca 50 hours

Practicals: ca 30 hours

Selvf-study, journal writing and assignments: ca 230 hours

External examiner used in grading
Examination details: Langsgående vurdering: A - E / F