MBG*4160 Plant Breeding

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The following description is for the course offering in Fall 2018 and is subject to change. It is provided for information only. The course outline distributed to the class at the beginning of the semester describes the course content and delivery, and defines the methods and criteria to be used in establishing the final grades for the course.
 

This course examines the application of genetic principles to plant improvement. Topics include breeding objectives, mating systems, selection, testing and germplasm maintenance of horticultural and crop plants. 

This course addresses basic genetic principles important for plant breeding, and selection methodology for self- and cross-pollinated crops.  Students will learn concepts that can be applied to the breeding of many plants.  Laboratories will offer opportunities to conduct a selection experiment, learn crossing techniques, review literature, apply statistics, and understand unique aspects of breeding several crops.  

Pre-Requisite(s): (MBG*2040 or MBG*2400), STAT*2040

 

Instructors:

Teaching Assistant:

Andy Chen

Credit Weight:

0.50

Course Level:

  • Undergraduate

Academic Department (or campus):

Department of Plant Agriculture

Campus:

Guelph

Semester Offering:

  • Fall

Class Schedule and Location:

Please refer to Web Advisor for class schedule and location.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify characteristics of self- and cross-pollinated plants
  2. Identify sources of genetic variation to conduct a breeding program
  3. Determine breeding methodology appropriate for plants with different mating systems
  4. Conduct basic statistical analyses related to plant breeding
  5. Analyze journal articles related to cultivar development
  6. Conduct and analyze a selection experiment
  7. Communicate background information and original ideas related to breeding a specific crop

Lecture Content:

Topics to be covered in lectures include:

  • Evolution and Domestication
  • Impact of plant breeding on agriculture
  • Centers of origin and diversity
  • Gene banks
  • Variation in plants
  • Modes of reproduction/genetics of breeding
  • Self-pollinated crops
  • Cross-pollinated crops
  • Inbreeding and heterosis
  • Cytoplasmic male sterility
  • Hybrids
  • Polyploidy
  • Marker Assisted Breeding
  • Disease resistance
  • Seeds Act and regulations
Labs & Seminars:

Topics to be covered in labs include:

  1. Rapid cycling brassica
  2. Statistics 
  3. Estimates of heritability
  4. Pollination of crop plants 
  5. No lab 
  6. Soybean breeding 
  7. Journal article 
  8. Rapid cycling brassicas
  9. Journal article 
  10. Asparagus breeding 
  11. Oral reports 
  12. Oral reports 

 

Course Assignments and Tests:

Assignment or Test Contribution to Final Grade

Quizzes

20%

Final Exam

30%

Written Report

15%

Oral Presentation

10%

Lab Assignments

25%

Final examination:

Please refer to Web Advisor for exam schedule and location.

Course Resources:

Required Texts:

Not applicable.

Recommended Texts:

Not applicable.

Lab Manual:

Not applicable.

Other Resources:

All lecture notes and labs are posted on Courselink.

Field Trips:

Not applicable.

Additional Costs:

Not applicable.

Course Policies:

Grading Policies

All assignments are due at the beginning of class on the prescribed dates. Late penalty is 10% per days from the due date and time.  Late assignments will not be accepted after 3 days.

Course Policy on Group Work:

All submitted work is to be an individual effort with no collaboration or sharing of answers; this includes use of materials from previous years. Laboratory data may be collected as a group, however, analysis and written lab reports are individual efforts.

Course Policy regarding use of electronic devices and recording of lectures:

Texting and use of electronic devices, except for laptops, are prohibited in lecture and lab.

Electronic recording of classes is expressly forbidden without consent of the instructor.  When recordings are permitted they are solely for the use of the authorized student and may not be reproduced, or transmitted to others, without the express written consent of the instructor.

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