Module Identifier RS31910  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Malcolm H Leitch  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Peter D Jenkins  
Course delivery Lecture   18 Hours  
  Other   3 Hours 1 x 3 hour visit to IGER  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3  100%
Supplementary Exam2 Hours  100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

1. Analyse the principles of current plant breeding technologies
2. Evaluate the practice of current plant breeding programmes
3. Discuss the potential of crop biotechnology


The module aims to provide a comprehensive series of lectures that; a) develop the principles of Mendelian genetics with respect to current plant breeding strategies, b) evaluate the current practices of plant breeding in improving yield and quality of crop plants, and c) discuss the potential of new technologies for further crop improvement. Staff from IGER contribute significantly to the module delivery. The objectives and achievements of plant breeding with respect to a range of crop species are reviewed. The course will also include discussion of variety development, registration, multiplication and certification procedures. The likely impact of advances in biotechnology on future crop breeding programmes is analysed and arguments for and against the use of genetically modified organisms will be reviewed.

Transferable skills

.2 IT and information handling
Some requirement for accessing information from the internet. Assessed indirectly through examination performance.

Reading Lists

Falconer, D S Introduction to quantitative genetics 3rd. Longman Scientific and Technical
Hayward M D, Bosemark N O and Romagosa I (1993) Plant breeding : principles and prospects Chapman and Hall


This module is at CQFW Level 6