Cancelled for Spring 2019

Professional Certificate

One unit


Dr. Melinda Yerka


Noncredit Professional Development


Herbicides have been used in agriculture since the 1950s, which quickly resulted herbicide resistant weeds that resulted from naturally-occurring mutations. With the advent of advanced crop genetic technologies (such as herbicide resistance), crop-to-weed gene flow has emerged as another source of resistance. The goal of this module is to help learners understand plant population response to selective pressures in breeding programs and on weed populations growing in fields. Individuals will learn how to connect applied weed ecology studies with plant breeding, genomics, and biochemistry resources to identify mechanism(s) of herbicide resistance or other adaptive traits. Individuals will also learn how to assess the environmental impacts of new crop traits at multiple scales, including in a greenhouse, in a field and in a larger landscape. This module helps improve systems-based thinking by encouraging an understanding the connection between genotype and phenotype in all plant species within an agroecosystem.


The module will be held in the Campus Extension virtual class. See the attached Syllabus. This module has an online section only. Lectures have been recorded and learners will be expected to have completed reading assignments for each day’s lecture. The instructor will be available to answer questions via email, telephone or in her office by appointment.


High-speed Internet access with an updated browser, email, and ability to view videos. Recommended browsers include Chrome, Firefox and Safari.


None. All materials will be made available via the Internet.


Plant Genetics as well as general coursework in plant science, genetics and/or biology and enrollment in the Department of Agronomy & Horticulture’s Plant Breeding & Genetics professional certificate.


Noncredit Professional Development Module: $270 for 1 unit

Who it's for

Among those who would benefit from taking this session are:

  • Plant Breeding & Genetics professional development certificate participants
  • Seed industry personnel
  • Extension educators, agents and specialists
  • Certified professional agronomists and crop consultants