Course code BIO422

BIO422 Nordic Postgraduate Course in Plant Breeding

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Showing course contents for the educational year 2017 - 2018 .

Course responsible: Aasmund Bjørnstad
Teachers: Morten Lillemo
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
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:

Teaching periode for this Nordic PhD course varies from year to year. See description on the NOVA home page:

2017: Umeå

Course frequency: Annually. The course alternates between Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway.
First time: Study year 2007-2008
Preferential right:
Course contents:

The main topic and teaching periode for this Nordic PhD course varies from year to year. See description on the NOVA home page:

Content 2017:

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 Skills - 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 Competence - 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

For more details, see description on the NOVA home page.


Programme for 2018 will be updated later.

Teaching support:
Canvas 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:
The theme for the course varies from year to year. Therfore, the recommended background knowledge will also vary.
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..2017 at Umeå

For registration, consult the NOVA web page.

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