Online Master: Plant Breeding | Wageningen University & Research

Online Master: Plant Breeding | Wageningen University & Research


Plant breeding is a human interference with
improving crops for human needs and that is for food, but also for feed and ornamental
use. By doing plant breeding, you can make plants
which fit a lot of needs. You can, let’s say, sculp almost plants to
the needs of humans, depending on whatever the needs are. If they need more yield, then you can try
to get plants that have a better yield. If you have to grow the plants on their, let’s
say drought conditions, you can make plants which are more adapted to drought. We
are here in a greenhouse with tomatoes. We are in the process of combining nice traits,
nice characteristics into one plant. Some tomatoes plants, they are high yielding. Others have other variable characteristics,
because throughout the world tomatoes grow in different regions and under different
circumstances. And for these different circumstances, in
fact you need different varieties. The online programme in plant breeding looks
at genetics, plant physiology, genomics, statistics. Students learn new knowledge and skills to
develop new breeding strategies and new crops.The study load of the programme is about 20 hours
per week. So that means that as a student you have the
flexibility to combine these 20 hours of study with the obligations from your work. Everybody that participates in the programme
has some connection with plant breeding already. As a student you will benefit from the experiences
from your fellow students. You will be doing group assignments, having
discussions, and you will also be able to help each other. If you enrol for this course, then you will
also visit Wageningen and the greenhouses. So you will also meet these tomatoes.

3 thoughts on “Online Master: Plant Breeding | Wageningen University & Research

  1. Listen to Prof. Dr. Richard Visser (Professor and Head of Plant Breeding), Dr. Jan-Kees Goud (e-Learning Developer) and Dr. Anja Kuipers (Programme Director) to find out more about the new complete online Master program ‘Plant Breeding’ at Wageningen University or read more about the program via www.wageningenuniversity.eu/omps.

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