Genomics and Breeding of Vegetable Crops

Pre-requisite: Bis101 or any other equivalent course on general genetics.

Course objectives:

The aim of this course is to provide the students with enough background and updated information for the most important vegetables to allow them the planning and elaboration of research projects in any of these crops dealing with genomics, cytogenetics and their application to crop improvement. This course will provide information on the domestication, evolution and genetic/cytogenetic resources for these crops and their close relatives. My main objective of the course is to make the student aware of the major cytogenetic and genomic developments available for each crop, including the history behind them and the main players who made possible these discoveries. Also information will be provided on availability of mapping stocks when applicable, stage of gene mapping, useful mutants and latest tools and techniques. This information is sometimes very specific to each crop, and I will try not to overlap with the more general information given in other related courses, for example when dealing with SI and CMS, I will mention the availability of these systems in an specific crop with a brief introduction, since I expect that you already know the basics of these processes from other general courses. A must for PLS221 is to master meiosis. Often we are going to be dealing with meiotic abnormalities, so it is essential that you understand and remember all the stages of this basic process. To get a feeling on this, please solve this quiz on meiosis and hand it in to me during the first lecture. It will help you to refresh your memory. This quiz will not be graded but must be handed in.

The idea to have this course on line is for you to read the summary of the lectures before coming to class. That way we can spend most of the time having a meaningful discussion the various topics of each lecture.

Course format and Grading:

This course it is a participatory course and emphasizes the interaction of the instructor with the students. The instructor will present in class general concepts and the students will present updates of specific techniques and their application in a weekly basis. The instructor will provide reading assignments to the students for their presentations and for general discussion. The grades will be based on class participation (20%) and presentations (30%), and a take-home exam at the end of the course (50%).


A list of references for each crop can be downloaded from this page. Recommended readings that will help you for the exam preparation are labeled by an asterisk or highlighted. Three copies of the papers will be available in a box at 242 Asmundson  for reading in the building or photocopying. Please do not take any of these papers with you for more than 2 hrs to make sure that at least one copy is always available to everybody. I hope to count with your collaboration on this matter to avoid conflicts. Test questions will be based on these papers, lectures and your presentations.

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Last Modified: March 17, 2011

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