Specialisation Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources

Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources deals with scales ranging from the molecular level to the population level and requires knowledge of the physiology, ecology and genetics of cultivated plants.

Plant Breeding plays an important role in the development of varieties that meet current demands regarding yield, disease resistance, quality characteristics, salt or drought tolerance and suitability for sustainable plant production systems. The use of various molecular techniques contributes enormously to the rapid identification of genes for natural resistance and is essential for accelerating the selection process by marker-assisted breeding.  


Courses of the specialisation Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources are listed in the online Study Handbook.

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Students in this specialisation can do their MSc thesis at two different Chair Groups within Wageningen University. Visit their website to find out more about their research and possible thesis subjects: