Disease Resistance Breeding: Soybean Case Study

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August 21 – December 14, 2017
Jan. 8 – May 4, 2018
June 11 – Aug. 2, 2018

Professional Certificate

One unit


Don Lee


Noncredit Plant Breeding & Genetics Professional Development Certificate


This is a module designed as a self-paced learning environment, delivered entirely online with video, lectures, reading and progression quizzing. Learning content is based on research publications and extension resources developed by national experts. The targeted learner is expected to have completed undergraduate level coursework in genetics. A final competency test will be given online.

The module has two parts. Part 1 provides the learner with a baseline in the biology of Oomycete disease in soybean. Part 2 is focused on the resistance breeding process for both single gene and partial resistance using naturally occurring variation in the soybean germplasm. Learners will be able to compare the genetics that differentiates seed products and describe the work and genetics applications breeders accomplished in developing these new products.

This module is a companion module to Disease Resistance Breeding: Transgene Strategies and may be taken before, at the same time, or after that module.


Internet / Blackboard / eXtension Online Campus, lessons 1 & 2


High-speed Internet access, email, updated browsers and ability to view video. Recommended browsers are Firefox, Chrome and Safari.


Materials are online in Campus eXtension Online. Non-credit students will receive an Enrollment Key/Password prior to the start of the class.


Admission to the Plant Breeding & Genetics Professional Development Certificate program in the Department of Agronomy & Horticulture. Strong background in genetics and biology are recommended.


Professional Credit (non academic): $270 a credit hour

Who it's for

Among those who would benefit from taking this session are:

  • Plant Breeding & Genetics Professional Certificate students
  • Seed industry personnel
  • Agronomists and crop consultants (Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) may earn CEUs for this class. CCAs taking the session for professional/non-academic credit may earn 3 CEUs in Pest Management.)
  • Extension Educators, Agents and Specialists