Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Crop Improvement in Practice
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay - Breeding Systems 1  (1250 words)  20%
Semester Assessment Essay - Breeding Systems 2  (1250 words)  20%
Semester Assessment Essay - Breeding Systems 3  (1250 words)  20%
Semester Assessment Essay - Breeding Systems 4  (1250 words)  20%
Semester Assessment Essay - Breeding Systems 5  (1250 words)  20%
Supplementary Assessment (Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.)  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Evaluate different plant breeding systems.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of how the biology of specific plant species and the environment impacts upon choice of plant breeding system.

3. Explain the practical and environmental requirements and constraints of different plant breeding systems.

4. Critically discuss relevant selection criteria and selection methods for traits in different crop species.

Brief description

Students will monitor and assess, alongside our plant breeders, our plant breeding programmes at Gogerddan providing experience of contrasting systems (inbreeding and outcrossing; wind, self and insect pollination) and crop types (forages, energy crops, cereals, pulses).


In each week of the first two semesters the students will rotate around the commercially-related plant breeding programmes of IBERS. Each week will typically comprise 1h of lecture, and 2h of field (or exceptionally lab) work to introduce and follow the breeding of at least five of:
Perennial ryegrasses
Hybrid ryegrasses and festuloliums
White and red clovers
Peas and field beans
Millets and other tropical species.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Crop assessments and trait analysis.
Communication Written.
Improving own Learning and Performance The five essays will be staggered such that there will be significant opportunity to improve learning performance through feedback and experience during the process.
Information Technology Students will learn different methods of data capture.
Personal Development and Career planning The different crops assessed may well inform career direction.
Problem solving Students will learn how problems presented by crop biology can be overcome with different breeding systems.
Research skills The students will be exposed to different experimental designs, they will need to research literature and integrate information from taught and practical sessions.
Subject Specific Skills Experimental design, breeding systems, trait assessment and data analysis.
Team work Some of the crop assessments will be done in groups of two or three.


This module is at CQFW Level 7