CSES 5103/6106 Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement

The objectives of this course are to provide students with knowledge about genetics and breeding of crop plants–those plants that provide our food, fiber, shelter, and fuel. General information about the genetics of individuals, populations, and genetic control of traits that are influenced by many genes, as well as how this information is applied by the plant breeder to improve crop plants is discussed.

In this course, students will learn about the following:

  • History and application of Mendelian genetics
  • How genes influence traits at the molecular level
  • Genetics of populations and influence of environment on plant trait expression
  • Methods of crop improvement (plant breeding) for self- and cross-pollinated species
  • The use of molecular techniques and plant transformation in crop improvement
  • How to breed for improvement of specific crop traits
  • Importance and utilization of plant genetic resource

Each student will be required to complete a series of homework assignments, a written term project, and two examinations and a final exam.

3 credits

Biology 1030 Organismal Biology

Principles of Plant Genetics and Breeding by George Acquaah.  Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Company, ISBN-10: 1405136464.

*CSES 5103 is the undergraduate version of the course / CSES 6106 is the graduate level version of the course


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Jenny Koebernick
Assistant Professor (Cotton & Soybean Breeding)
256 Funchess Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
(334) 844-3801