Plant Breeding For Drought Tolerance Short Course To Be Held

University of Nebraska wheat breeder Stephen Baenziger explains his breeding philosophy to students in 2012.

University of Nebraska wheat breeder Stephen Baenziger explains his breeding philosophy to students in 2012.

Colorado State University will offer a three-credit, graduate-level, field-oriented course in Plant Breeding for Drought Tolerance, June 2 to 13, 2014. The course will be held in and around Fort Collins, Colo., and is targeted to graduate students in the plant sciences, as well as to professionals in the public and private sectors interested in increasing their knowledge in this area.

The course will consist of classroom lectures and discussions, hands-on lab and greenhouse exercises, and field research activities appropriate for a drought breeding and genetics program. Visits to seed company operations in the region will also be included. Course activities are designed around three modules:

• Whole Plant Physiology of Drought Stress
• Plant Breeding for Drought Stress Tolerance
• Genomic Approaches to Drought Stress Tolerance

Applications will be accepted through March 15, 2014 or until the class is full (20 students).

For more information, visit the Plant Breeding For Drought Tolerance website or please contact the Program Assistant, Kierra Jewell (Kierra.Jewell@ColoState.edu).

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