Plant Breeding

Upon the completion of the course the students should have comprehend:

  • The concept of cultivars and their categories.
  • The way quantitative traits are inherited.
  • The environmental effects on quantitative traits and principles to control them.
  • The typical breeding methods



Monogenotypic and polygenotypic cultivars, gene recombination via sex reproduction, the development of genetic variation, factors affecting selection effectiveness (soil heterogeneity, soil fertility, interplant distance, genotype x environment interaction, genotype), methods of breeding (mass selection, pedigree selection, recurrent selection schemes), heterosis.