Would you like to contribute to the worldwide supply of food? Would you like to implement the latest molecular techniques to improve food crops? Do you want to grow in plant breeding? Join this programme to start your career in plant breeding.
This English-taught programme on Plant Breeding is open to both Dutch and international students interested in careers in the following professions:
- Assistant breeder;
- Research assistant at a seed company;
- Seed production specialist.
The world population and demand for food is growing. In combination with loss and deterioration of arable land this leads to increased pressure on crop production. Furthermore, there is increased demand for sustainable production and local growers have to deal with climate change and growing importance of water management. Therefore the agricultural sector needs cultivars with higher yield, with resistance to pests and diseases, as well as tolerance to abiotic factors like salt, temperature and drought.
After successfully completing this program, you will be able to design, organize and implement a breeding program. You will be able to analyse large datasets of selections trials, determine germ plasm resources and identify markers for a trait. You will have knowledge of new breeding techniques and how to use them in the different stages of the breeding program to speed up the development of new cultivars.
Expertise on conventional plant breeding, seed production and advanced breeding techniques is presented in two parallel minors in the first semester. Each minor includes a professional project in which you will work as an assistant breeder. The program consists of a combination of lecturers, trainings and field visits. In the second semester you choose your own topic of interest for an individual internship and thesis.
This program trains you in the field of plant breeding. We developed this program in cooperation with breeders from seed companies across the Netherlands. Thus, we were able to incorporate the actual skills and knowledge needed in the sector.