plant breeding and genetics online course

Last Updated on August 8, 2022 by Team College Learners

If you’re interested in learning more about plant breeding and genetics, earn professional development credit through three online mini-courses available this spring.

Plant Breeding and Genetics is designed for non-major students enrolled in two-year colleges, partner universities, and ABM courses. This plant breeding and genetics courses is the first of its kind to present basic genetic principles using quantitative approaches. The authors engage students in active learning through examples, problems, and student research activities in each chapter which promote critical thinking. As part of the Plant Science Collection

This plant breeding certificate course focuses on major aspects of plant genetics and breeding. The topics covered include overviews of the genetic basis of quantitative and qualitative traits, methods used in plant breeding and genetic studies, importance of genetic diversity, as well as the economics of plant breeding and genomics. Some examples are illustrated with state-of-the-art experiments to demonstrate the impacts of plant genetics and epigenetics in food security.

List of plant breeding and genetics courses

Journal of Genetics Genomics and Plant Breeding

The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is offering the advanced online mini-courses from Feb. 26 to April 6. They may be taken for professional units through the department’s Plant Breeding and Genetics Professional Certificate program.

The one-unit modules are:

1. Heterosis in Plant Breeding, taught by Joe Keaschall, professor of practice and former industry corn breeder. This module covers classical concepts of heterosis or hybrid vigor. Learners should have a good understanding of plant breeding and genetics.

2. Genotype by Environment Interaction, taught by Oscar Rodriguez, research professor. This module focuses on types and causes of phenotypic instability due to impacts of environmental factors. Students should have a good grasp of plant breeding and genetics as well as statistics.


3. Environmental Impacts of Crop Genetics: Weed Evolution, taught by Melinda Yerka, assistant professor at the University of Nevada in Reno and graduate faculty associate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This module explores the results of herbicide use since the 1950s.  A prerequisite is the Crop & Weed Genetics module.

One professional certification unit is granted for completion of each module. Cost for each module is $270.