Online course Plant Breeding


Online course Plant Breeding

Are you looking for more theoretical background on plant breeding? This online course includes five modules, both basic, more complex breeding and selection methods, new technological developments, and underlying biological concepts. Online learning offers you a flexible learning process and the possibility to compose your own course. It is ideal for professionals and enables them to study the lecture material at their own pace and place.

This online course has been developed by experts from Wageningen University & Research. The modules have been successfully followed by a broad audience from more than twenty different countries and are well-rated.

Organisator Wageningen Academy
Locatie Online
Prijsomschrijving variable per module

After your payment has been received it can take up to one week before you get your personal account to start with the online course of your choice.You can self-study the modules at your own speed, time and location. Enroll when you are ready.

Practical information
Registration You can register for any combination of modules
Price per module €495,- per module for M1, M4 and M5. Module M2 is €695,- and Module M3 is €95,-
Optional exam €195,- per examination date

Programme and topics

The online course Plant Breeding consists of the following modules:
- Principles of plant breeding (M1) =1.0 ECTS
- Marker-assisted selection (M2) =2.0 ECTS
- Resistance to biotic factors (M3) = 0.2 ECTS
- F1 hybrids (M4) = 1.0 ECTS
- Mutation breeding (M5) = 1.0 ECTS

    The ECTS for the individual modules differ, 1.0 ECTS equals ca. 28 study hours. More information on the covered topics can be downloaded from this website (see the pdf). The study material is available on the online learning platform from WUR. The study material consists of built-in text and figures, supported by interactive self-tests to check the acquired knowledge.

    Optional: Exam
    Each module can be completed by doing a written exam at Wageningen University & Research in The Netherlands. This is optional. After completing the exam successfully, a certificate with the relevant study credits (ECTS) is issued. You can do exam per module or for more modules at the same date. The certificate is designed for a business environment and gives no immediate rights to apply towards a formal degree programme on a university. On a personal base exemptions can be made by academic institutions.


    The complete online learning course plant breeding provides you with a concise overview of basic principles of plant selection and principles associated with genetic markers, linkage mapping, QTL-analysis, resistance against pathogens, F1 hybrids and mutation breeding.

    Target group & requirements

    This online course is designed for professionals working with plantpathology, entomology and related topics. Participants are assumed to have knowledge at BSc level of plant sciences or biology by education or work.

    Supervisory lecturer

    The supervisor is Dr. ir. J. C. (Jan-Kees) Goud, Wageningen University & Research, Plant Breeding.

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