AGRO 816A: Heterosis in Plant Breeding

Plants showing various types of hybred vigor or heterosis
Feb. 26-April 6, 2018

Instructor:  Dr. Joe Keaschall

Class No.: AGRO 816A

Credits: One graduate credit.


Academic Credit information 


Course covers classical concepts of heterosis; genetic hypotheses for hybrid vigor; quantitative genetics of heterosis; new tools to study hybrid vigor, structure and function; organization of germplasm into heterotic groups, prediction of heterosis and hybrid performance; mechanisms for making hybrid seed; and breeding methods/concepts for developing hybrids in plants.


This course has both a resident, on-campus section and an online section. Lectures will be presented to the resident class section on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-5:20 p.m. in 272 Plant Sciences Hall on UNL's East Campus. Distance students can participate in the lectures in "real time" and/or view the taped, archived lectures online.

Notes will be available via the Campus Learning Management System (LMS).

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Individuals taking the course for academic credit must be enrolled in UNL's Graduate School and ideally will have completed AGRO 815A, 815B and 815D, or their equivalent. For noncredit participants, completion of Self-Pollinated Crop Breeding, Germplasm & Genes, and Cross-Pollinated Crop Breeding is recommended.


Academic Credit Course: For information on tuition and fees, please visit the Student Accounts website for Graduate Tuition.

Who It's For

Among those who would benefit from taking this course are:

  • Graduate students in plant breeding and related disciplines
  • Plant breeding and seed industry professionals
  • Science educators, teachers and instructors
  • Extension educators