Germplasm and Genes

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September 26 – October 31, 2017

Professional Certificate

One Unit

The module is also offered for noncredit professional development. Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) may earn 7 Crop Management and 3 Pest Management CEUs.

Instructor

P. Stephen Baenziger

Registration

Noncredit Professional Development by credit card

Description

Genetic variation is the driving force behind crop plant breeding efforts; and, in this session, individuals learn the importance of creating the necessary genetic resources variation for conventional and modern plant breeding programs and about the world’s great centers of crop diversity, where plant breeders obtain germplasm and genes from cultivated plants and their wild relatives. Modern biotechnology and its ability to move genes from one species to another are discussed as the newest way to create genetic variation. The origin of crops and how crop ancestors have co-evolved with many crop diseases and plants are highlighted.

Delivery

Online learners have the option of participating in live lectures presented twice weekly to resident, on-campus students, or viewing the taped lectures online. The resident class section, which will be available “live” via the Internet for distance learners, will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-5:20 p.m. in 272 Plant Sciences Hall on UNL’s East Campus.

Requirements

High speed Internet access, email, and the ability to view videos.

Textbooks

  • Plant Breeding: Principles and Practices, course notes by P. Stephen Baenziger (recommended)
  • Principles of Plant Genetics and Breeding, by George Acquaah (recommended reference text)

Course notes may be downloaded from online class environment. Purchase Acquaah book from the University Bookstore or from Amazon.com.

Prerequisites

At least one prior course in genetics is recommended.

Tuition

Noncredit Professional Development Module: $270 total cost

Who it's for

Among those who would benefit from taking this session are:

  • Seed industry personnel
  • Agronomists and crop consultants (Certified Crop Advisors may earn 7 Crop Management and 3 Pest Management CEUs.)
  • Food industry personnel
  • Extension educators, agents and specialists
  • Producers
  • Certified Crop Advisors