COURSE CODE: PBS 504
COURSE TITLE: Plant Breeding
NUMBER OF UNITS: 2 Units
COURSE DURATION: Two Hours per week
Course Coordinator: Dr. C. O. Alake. B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D
Office Location: Room 142, COLPLANT
Definition of Plant Breeding. Role of Plant breeding in increasing global food supply. Quantitative characters in plant breeding. Role of environment in plant breeding. Self-incompatibility system. Methods of breeding self-pollinated crops. Pedigree breeding, Pure line breeding. Mass selection. Bulk-population breeding. Backcross breeding.Methods of breeding cross-pollinated crops: Mass selection, Re-current selection. Reciprocal recurrent selection. Synthetic varieties, Hybrid varieties. Methods of breeding Asexually propagated crops. Breeding for diseases resistance, germplasm conservation and evaluation. Tissue culture in plant breeding. Practicals
Identification of crop varieties on the field. Emasculation. Selfing and crossing techniques in pollination. Mechanism for preventing contamination after pollination. Collection of types of flowers and how each type affects breeding. Cloning and its effects in genetic variability. Field layout in varietal trials. Excursion to research institutes engaged in plant breeding.