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Plant breeding for non-breeders


Plant breeding for non-breeders offers an introduction to genetics and (plant) breeding. Are you working at a plant breeding company but have limited or no knowledge about plant breeding? Do you want to understand the jargon of the breeder when you cooperate with him/her? Then this online course might be suitable for you.
3 days

About the course

This online course will give you insight in DNA, genetics, breeding goals, selection methods and seed production. The course will allow you to grasp the basics of the total breeding programme, comprehend why today breeding goals are varieties of the future. Furthermore, it explains the jargon and gives full insight into the process of developing new varieties (from gene to euro).

Result after the course

At the end of the course you will have an understanding of the plant breeding process. This can help you when you just started a job at a plant breeding company, coming from a different background (as a non-breeder).

About the course

Content of the course

The online course Plant breeding for non-breeders consists of 10 modules. Each module offers different work methods like short lectures, articles and videos with assignments and knowledge tests. The course content is mainly related to practical applications and more complex theoretical content is only added when absolutely necessary.

Module 1: Plant morphology and plant life cycle
Module 2: Plant cells, chromosomes mitosis and meiosis
Module 3: Mendelian Genetics
Module 4: Plant breeding – the basics
Module 5: Plant breeding - changing one gene
Module 6: Breeding clonal crops, self-pollinators and hybrids
Module 7: Resistance Breeding
Module 8: The use of molecular markers in plant breeding
Module 9: Applications of biotechnology in plant breeding
Module 10: Applications of plant tissue culture in plant breeding

For who

The course is for people who are working at, or about to be employed at, a plant breeding company, but are not breeding themselves. For example you are working at the department of finance, sales, purchasing, Human Resource Management, ICT, Legal or you are working as an executive secretary or policy maker.



Our online courses are designed for self-directed study. This means there is no direct guidance. It allows you the flexibility to study in your own time, when it suits you best, and to design your own learning trajectory.

I now have a better understanding of breeding and much more insight into the newer techniques applied to breeding.

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

This is an online course. You can select the month in which you want to follow this course on the registration form.

After receiving the payment, a login will follow which will give you access to the course.


To enroll in this online course you must have:

  • Bachelor level education.
Completion of the course

After successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate of attendance of HAS green academy and Breedwise. Breedwise is involved in the development of this course.

Course price
Date of commencement
Continuously available
€ 395,00
excl. VAT

Price specification

Course price
€ 395,00
Total price
€ 395,00
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.

Any bank/administration fees are for your own account.

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