Disease Resistance Breeding: Phytophthora Resistance in Soybean Case Study

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Fall 2020: August 24 – December 18, 2020

Professional Certificate

One unit


Don Lee


Noncredit Plant Breeding & Genetics Professional Development Certificate


This is a module designed as an online self-paced learning environment, with video, lectures, reading and progression quizzing and an online final competency test. 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.

The module has two parts. Part 1 provides the learner with a baseline Oomycete disease biology in soybean. Part 2 is focused on single gene resistance and partial resistance through the breeding selection of naturally occurring variation in soybeans. Learners will be able to compare the genetic difference between seed products and describe the process used to create them.

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 / 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