Distance Learning Plant Pathology

For international students and professionals in the agro-sector we have developed distance learning modules on Plant Pathology and Plant Breeding. We offer these modules together with Wageningen Academy.

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Plant Pathology

The following modules are present:

  • Phytopathology, including:
    • Fungi and fungal-like organisms
    • Bacteria
  • Nematology
  • Entomology
  • Virology

The following modules are in preparation:

  • General terms used in Plant Pathology 


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Plant Breeding

The following modules are present:

  • Basic Principles of Plant Breeding
    • Modes of reproduction
    • Heritability
    • Selection methods
  • Marker-assisted selection, including:
    • Markers
    • Linkage mapping

    • QTL-analysis

    • MAS in breeding

      • Resistance to biotic factors, including:
        • Gene-for-gene resistance
        • Partial resistance
        • F1 hybrid breeding
        • Mutation breeding

          o    Mutations at the chromosome level

          o    Mutations at the DNA level


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            Distance education is more efficient than many traditional forms of learning, because of the active role of the student. Specific advantages of these modules above other types of education are: 1. The possibility to compose any combination of modules, enabling to specialise of fill gaps in knowledge; 2. Study at times that are suitable to you; 3. Choose your own study speed; and 4. Avoid traveling time. The modules have been successfully used and understood by a broad audience from more than twenty different countries, who rated the modules as "good" (4 on a 0-5 scale). Supervision is by e-mail. In order to receive a certificate, it is necessary to do a written classroom exam.



            o    Mutations at the DNA level

            The modules have been developed with the help of funds from Wageningen University, the EU-project BioExploit, the Royal Netherlands Society of Plant Pathology (KNPV), and the Foundation Willie Commelin Scholten for Phytopathology (WCS).