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Plant breeding essentials in one week


Many employees in plant breeding companies need a concise overview about the background and set up of a breeding programme. This one week course Plant breeding essentials is a mix of theoretical sessions, practical applications and field visits.
14 November 2023
4 days

About the course

Breeding requires fundamental knowledge of plant genetics and supporting techniques to choose the correct strategies. Building on the success of our Dutch and international training courses on plant breeding, and our extensive cooperation with the international seed industry, we can provide a course which gives good insight both in the theory and its application in breeding.

Result after the course

At the end of the course you will have the skills and abilities to work more independently as a breeding employee.

For researchers taking this course, the course helps to better understand the implications of your own research for plant breeders.

About the course

Content of the course

This 4 day course provides you with a concise overview of essential principles of plant genetics, plant selection, variety development, resistance breeding and supporting techniques, such as molecular markers, mutation breeding and cell biology techniques. The following topics are discussed:

Day 1: Botany, genetics and plant breeding

  • Sexual and asexual reproduction
  • Genetic material, genes and chromosomes
  • Mitosis and meiosis
  • Mendelian genetics, linkage, epistasis, multiple alleles, cytoplasmatic inheritance
  • Introduction to Plant breeding

Day 2 and 3: plant breeding continued

  • Genetic resources and recombination
  • Polyploidy, Interspecific hybridisation, introgression,Repeated backcross
  • Selection, Quantitative characteristics
  • Resistance breeding
  • Breeding vegetative propagated crops
  • Breeding self-pollinated crops, line development
  • Breeding open pollinated crops
  • Principle of hybrids
  • General and specific combining ability, developing of hybrid varieties
  • Seed production in hybrids (male sterility, female lines, incompatibility)
  • Intellectual property

Day 4: variety testing and statistics, laboratory techniques and biotechnology

Cell biology based techniques: tissue culture, doubled haploids
DNA based techniques:

  • Marker assisted breeding (Principles, techniques, application)
  • Mutagenesis
  • Genome editing and genetic modification
For who

The course is aimed at Assistant breeders, junior breeders and researchers in plant breeding companies that are involved in plant breeding programmes, but who lack the theoretical background in plant breeding.


The course is given by experienced lecturers from HAS green academy:

  • MSc dr Emile Clerkx (HAS green academy)
  • Dr Mark van de Wouw PhD (HAS green academy)

Practical information

What do you need to enroll in this course? And what else is good to know?

Good to know

Start and course dates

The course Plant breeding essentials in one week starts on November 14 2023.

The duration of the course is one intensive course week:

  • November 14 2023
  • November 15 2023
  • November 16 2023
  • November 17 2023

To enroll in this online course you must have:

  • Bachelor level education, preferably in agriculture or molecular biology and some knowledge of genetics, or;
  • A Msc degree without breeding.
Completion of the course

After successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate of HAS green academy.

Course price
Date of commencement
To be determined
€ 2.995,00
excl. VAT

Price specification

Course price
€ 2.995,00
Total price
€ 2.995,00
excl. VAT

All amounts mentioned are excluding VAT. Training costs, including course material, are exempt from VAT. All other costs are charged with 9% VAT.

The basic course is included.

Any bank/administration fees are for your own account.

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