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Plant Breeding and Genetics (AGRI30048)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeAGRI30048
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject focuses on understanding the procedures involved in breeding crops and the role of genetics in the process. The integration of conventional breeding approaches and the use of gene technologies in breeding new crop varieties are explored. Emphasis is placed on how plant breeders identify priority traits and the management of breeding programs in a commercial setting. The practical sessions aim to develop skills in plant breeding methodologies and research techniques.

Topics covered include:

  • Domestication of crop species and conservation of plant genetic resources
  • Evolutionary processes and genetic variability of plant populations
  • Reproductive systems
  • Methods of breeding self– and cross-pollinating plants
  • Supplementary breeding approaches including mutation breeding
  • The use of molecular biology techniques in plant breeding
  • Genetics of important crops within the Australian agricultural context and discussion of priority traits for improvement

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of this subject students will:

  • Understand the role of population genetics in breeding plants
  • Understand the significance of different plant breeding systems
  • Understand the application of conventional breeding approaches and gene technology approaches in plant breeding programs
  • Appreciate the issues associated with breeding plants in a commercial setting

Generic skills

  • The capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning and research
  • An ability to derive, interpret and analyse technical information from primary and other sources
  • An ability to integrate information across a relevant discipline to solve problems in applied situations
  • The ability to plan work, use time effectively and manage small projects
  • The capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry
  • An intellectual curiosity

Last updated: 21 September 2019