COURSE CODE: PBS 503
COURSE TITLE: Crop Evolution and Taxonomy
NUMBER OF UNITS: 2 Units
COURSE DURATION: 2 hours per week
Course Coordinator: Dr. Isaac Oludayo Daniel
Office Location: Room 245, COLPLANT
Theory of evolution. Mechanics of crop evolution. Roles of hybridization recombination and natural selection in crop evolution. Isolation mechanism. Modes of speciation. Concepts of primary and secondary centers of origin. Origin of commonly cultivated crops. Genetic variation in populations. Genetic drift. An introduction to the principles of taxonomy, plant nomenclature, succession, mechanism of survival.
Practicals: A survey of crop species and their wild relatives. Consideration of crop varieties and how they fit into a species. Collection of various species within a genus and seeing how they relate to each other.