AGRO 816E: Genotype by Environment Interaction

Feb. 25-April 5, 2019
Cotton plant
Instructor: TBA

 Class No.: AGRO/HORT 816E

Credits: One graduate credit.
The course is also offered for noncredit professional development. Certified Crop Advisors may also earn 10 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in Pest Management and 5 CEUs in Professional Development.

Academic Credit


Course focuses on types and causes of phenotypic instability due to impacts of environmental factors. Topics include adaptation, impacts of G x E on selection and testing, selection of evaluation environments. Statistical concepts to describe/model interactions, breeding for reliability across unpredictable environments, precision phenotyping, selection for specific stresses, use of QTLs for abiotic and biotic stress stability.


Distance students have the option of participating in twice weekly lectures presented 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 students, will meet on days and times to be announced.


Good Internet access, e-mail and the SAS software program. A free educational download is available at:


Individuals taking the course for academic credit must be enrolled in UNL's Graduate School or the Plant Breeding & Genetics Professional Certificate through the UNL Department of Agronomy & Horticulture. Ideally, students will have completed the following courses or their equivalent: AGRO 815A (Self-Pollinated Crop Breeding), 815B (Germplasm & Genes), 815D (Cross-Pollinated Crop Breeding), STAT 801 and STAT 802.


For information on tuition and fees, please click on the Registration links above. Graduate Student Tuition may be found at the Student Accounts website.

Who It's For

Among those who would benefit from taking this course are:

  • Graduate students in plant breeding and related disciplines
  • Graduate students in the Plant Breeding & Genetics professional certificate
  • Plant breeding and seed industry professionals
  • Science instructors and teachers
  • Extension educators
  • Certified Crop Advisors