Horticultural Sciences Department

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Course HOS6236

HOS6236 Fall Semesters Odd Years

Fall 2015 Syllabus

Familiarity with molecular marker systems - identification, utilization, and integration in plant breeding programs - is a prerequisite for employment in both public and private settings.  The objective of this course is to provide an overview of terminology, methodology, and applied examples of utilizing molecular markers in a plant breeding program.  At the conclusion of the course, students are able to:

1. List and explain differences between molecular marker systems available for use

2. Describe current use of molecular markers in plant breeding programs

3. Diagram the steps necessary to effectively implement molecular markers in a plant breeding program

4. Determine the most effective and efficient molecular marker method to use for common plant breeding strategies

5. Perform genetic linkage mapping and QTL analysis

6. Describe avaialble software to adi in marker assisted breeding

A combination of lecture and discussion topics are used in class.  Students apply knowledge by using real data sets and current software in guided instruction and group tasks.  Each student is required to develop a lecture describing the use of one software package important for genetic analysis and marker assisted breeding.  This course is a graduate elective in Horticultural Sciences and a core requirement of the Plant Molecular Breeding Initiative (PMBI).

In-class computer simulations and examples use software that typically run in an MS Windows environment.