The exchange programme Plant Breeding spans one semester and consists of two minors. In each minor you will carry out a professional task, gain knowledge, learn practical skills and go on field visits.
The first minor, called Plant Breeding and Seed Production, focuses on more conventional plant breeding. Here you will design a breeding programme and execute the different steps in developing new cultivars. To this end, you will follow courses on genetic variation and breeding methods, biology of seed production, breeding for resistance, experimental design and analysis of field trial data.
The second minor is called Advanced Breeding Methods in Plant Breeding. Here you will search for genetic markers to select for different traits and identify the possibilities for genetic modification in the different stages of breeding programmes – variation, recombination, selection and propagation. A course on molecular breeding, as well as training in data analysis, clonal propagation and in vitro techniques will provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills.
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