plant breeding

Learn the principles and practices of plant breeding. Indulge a passion, start a business or work in plant development. The breeding of new varieties is one of the power-houses driving the horticulture industry, with big rewards for those who create new markets or improve existing ones. It also gives unlimited satisfaction to those involved in the creation of new plants, either for pleasure or profit.

This course provides a foundation for breeding any type of plant and is an opportunity to be mentored by highly trained and experienced horticulturists. It aims to expand your career possibilities in the horticulture industry.

The conventional method of plant breeding involves hybridising plants by transferring pollen from one plant to another, usually of the same species. The resulting progeny are grown under test conditions to identify their characteristics. In most cases, many crosses and backcrosses must be made before desirable varieties can be selected, tested and released for commercial use.

New technologies including micropropagation and genetic engineering have facilitated and revolutionised the techniques of plant breeding.

As with all our courses, study material is provided on a CD, in total involving approximately 100 hours of work. The course is divided into 7 lessons with an assignment set at the end of each. These are sent to the Academy for marking and are returned to you with comments and suggestions.

You will be working with Colin Elliott, an experienced professional horticulturist who worked for many years with flower and vegetable breeders Clause, both in France and the UK.

Course content:

There are 7 lessons in this course:

  1. The Scope and Nature of the Plant Breeding Industry
  2. Introduction to Genetics
  3. Gamete Production, Pollination and Fertilisation in Plants
  4. Mono Hybrid and Dihybrid Inheritance in Plants
  5. Systematic Botany and Floral Structures
  6. Practical Plant Breeding Techniques
  7. Current Developments in Plant Genetics

Course Aims

  • Describe the commercial and scientific nature of the modern plant breeding industry, on a global basis
  • Describe the structure and function of genetic material
  • Describe gamete production in plants.
  • Explain the results of mono hybrid and dihybrid inheritance in plants.
  • Investigate the role of systematic botany in horticulture.
  • Explain a variety of different plant breeding techniques.
  • Review current developments in plant breeding.

You will learn a great deal from this course through a combination of reading, interacting with tutors, undertaking research and practical tasks. For those looking for information leading to employment in this field, or to develope a new hobby, this is an ideal starting point.

Course cost: £ 380.00 (single payment)

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