PLAS 409A or AGRO/HORT 809A – Case Studies in Plant Breeding: Breeding for Disease Resistance

Soybean field

Instructor(s): Dr. Don Lee

Number of Credit Hours: 1

Number of CEUs for Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs):CEUs in Pest Management

Description: The application of fundamental genetics principles in inheritance, gene mapping and DNA analysis to decision making by plant breeders with the goal of improving disease resistance in crop cultivars. Learning is structured by the genetics discovery story told in published research articles and the thinking process of plant breeders who will use these discoveries in their work.

The course has two parts. Part 1 provides the learner with a baseline in the biology of Oomycete disease in soybean. Part 2 is focused on the resistance breeding process for both single gene and partial resistance using naturally occurring variation in the soybean germplasm. Students will be able to compare the genetics that differentiates seed products and describe the work and genetics applications breeders accomplished in developing these new products. This course is a companion course to Disease Resistance Breeding: Transgene Strategies and may be taken before, after or alongside that course.

Prerequisites: Admission to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Strong background in plant science, genetics and/or biology is recommended.

Course Requirements & Materials: 

  • Technical Requirements: Access to high-speed Internet and email with up-to-date browsers and the ability to view videos (recommended browsers are Firefox, Chrome, and Safari)
  • Textbooks: No textbooks required. All course materials are online in Canvas.

This Course is Ideal For…

  • Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students interested in plant breeding
  • Seed and/or food industry personnel
  • Certified professional agronomists, crop consultants, and crop advisers
  • Science and agriculture/vocational education teachers
  • Extension educators, agents, and specialists

Questions About This Course or How to Register? Contact Lisa Hilfiker at or (402) 472-8393.