Course code BIO422

BIO422 Nordic Postgraduate Course in Plant Breeding

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Course responsible: Aasmund Bjørnstad
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Department of Plant Sciences
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
20 active students from all Nordic and Baltic countries (a maximum of 4 from Norway).
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in January block 2016 (24th-29th) at the University of Copenhagen (KU-SCIENCE). This course has teaching/evaluation in January block, .
Course frequency: Annually. In 2016 the course will be given last week in January (24-29th). 
First time: Study year 2007-2008
Preferential right:
Course contents:
Selection in plant breeding has traditionally relied on scoring the phenotype. Marker assisted selection using DNA markers has proven to be useful for direct selection of some individual traits. Dramatic reduction in the price of nucleotide sequencing has led to description of a growing number of crop plants by their whole genome sequence. This, combined with affordable genotyping of individuals, has led to a dramatic increase in marker density for several crop plant species, allowing selection at genomic level to be practical, in the same way that has proven useful in animal breeding. The course focuses on genomic selection and prediction which is becoming possible in plant breeding. 
Learning outcome:


- Understanding marker assisted selection and association genetics
- Understanding the principles of genomic selection and prediction
- Knowledge about the genome editing technologies
- Be able to design a breeding program for a specific crop species and target
- Be able to identify required information in order to carry out a breeding project
- Be able to evaluate feasibility of breeding for a given trait
- Be able to suggest critical measures to reach the goal

Learning activities:

The students will receive literature before the start and should bring a poster

2016. Sunday 24th to Friday 29th. 

Sunday afternoon - arrival and accomodation
Monday: Introduction to selection in plant breeding and Students Poster presentations
Tuesday: Genome-wide association studies in cereals
Wednesday: Genomic prediction in grasses
Thursday: Excusion to DLF-Trifolium plant breeding station
Friday: New Plant Breeding Techniques

Teaching support:
Fronter or similar.
The students will receive literature before the start and should bring a poster
The course is intended for PhD-students with basic knowledge of plant breeding and genetics, crop science and biotechnology. Students that have a breeding aspect in their PhD-project will get priority.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Students will earn their credits by presenting a poster of their project on day 1 and by preparing and giving a Student Lecture exploring relevant methods and principles taught on the course.
Nominal workload:
150 hours, corresponding to 5 ECTS.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Type of course:
Lectures/colloquia: 2-4 hours/week on a 500-page long compendium of selected papers. Intensive course week.

The course is given annually in the Nordic countries as a one-week intensive course. The course alternates between the Nordic countries..2016: Genomic Selection in Plant Breeding. University of Copenhagen (KU-SCIENCE)

For registration, consult the NOVA web page.

Jointly by the participating teachers and course responsible.
Examination details: Continuous exam: Bestått / Ikke bestått