AGRO 409A/809A Case Studies in Plant Breeding: Breeding for Disease Resistance

Summer 2019: June 10-Aug. 16
Fall 2019: Aug. 25-Dec. 20

soybean flower
Instructors: Dr. Don Lee and Leah Sandall

Class No.: AGRO 409A/809A

Credits: One academic credit - undergraduate or graduate. Graduate students must earn a B or above to include this on their Memorandum of Courses.

Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) may earn Continuing Educational Units (CEUs) for this class. CCAs taking the course for academic credit may earn 5 CEUs in Pest Management and those taking the course for professional credit (non-academit) may earn 3 CEUs in Pest Management.


Academic Credit or go directly to MyRed


Module Description: This is a course 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 course 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 course is a companion course to Disease Resistance Breeding: Transgene Strategies and may be taken before, after or alongside that course.


Internet / Canvas / 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 Canvas or  Campus eXtension Online.  Non-credit students will receive a Enrollment Key/Password at the start of class.


Admission to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln for academic credit.  Admission to the Plant Breeding & Genetics Professional Development Certificate in the Department of Agronomy & Horticulture.  Strong background in genetics and biology are recommended.


Academic Credit: For information on tuition and fees, visit the Student Accounts website.

Who It's For

Among those who would benefit from taking this course are:

  • Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students 
  • Plant Breeding & Genetics Professional Certificate learners
  • Seed industry personnel 
  • Agronomists and crop consultants (Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) may earn CEUs for this class. CCAs taking the course for academic credit may earn 5 CEUs in Pest Management and those taking the course for professional/non-academic credit may earn 3 CEUs in Pest Management.)
  • Science teachers
  • Extension Educators, Agents and Specialists